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The Vanishing Point, it's called. "The Little Café with the Big Screen Flavor." It might seem familiar. There's a fake Hollywood restaurant for every mini-mall in the San Fernando Valley.
This one's right next door to Pagliacci's Rent-a-Clown, all but hidden behind their Bozo banner. A person could pass by and never even know it.
That's what has Ruby worried.
Her mother gives her a look. "You okay, honey?"
Ruby stares at her chopsticks. "Sure."
She sinks back in the bamboo seat.
Closes her eyes.