By Kenneth Calhoun
Insomnia has claimed every body Biggs knows. Even his liked spouse, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy brain earlier than disappearing into the speedy collapsing world. but Biggs can nonetheless sleep, and dream, so he units out to discover her.
He ventures out right into a global ransacked through mass confusion and desperation, the place he meets others suffering opposed to the tide of sleeplessness. Chase and his blood brother Jordan are devising a scheme to reside off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a highschool pupil wandering the streets in an owl masks, now not secure along with her insomniac mom and dad; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a snooze examine heart to attempt to guard her relations and maybe reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend. throughout, sleep has develop into an infinitely beneficial commodity. funds can’t purchase it, no drug can contact it, and there are those that could kill to have it. besides the fact that, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, discovering a get to the bottom of and internal energy that he by no means knew he had.
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From a shallow well in front of the Philharmonic Auditorium two women are drawing water in a goatskin, which they empty into earthenware jars for other women to carry away. From a bar slung between two rusty lamp posts hangs the carcass of a newly slaughtered ox. Standing in a cloud of flies, a man with a knife is cleaning out the entrails. "That looks good," says the Chief genially. The butcher grins and, with bloody fingers, makes the sign of the horns. A few yards away stand the communal ovens.
For a few seconds they sit without speaking. The dim, blurred monotone of the chant swells into audibility. "Blood, blood, blood, the blood. " There is a faint cry as yet another little monster is spitted on the Patriarch's knife, then the thudding of bulls' pizzles on flesh and, through the excited roaring of the congregation, a succession of loud, scarcely human screams. "You'd hardly think he could have produced us without a miracle," the ArchVicar thoughtfully continues. "But He did, He did.
A dozen Presbyters and Postulants hurry down the stairs and out into the crowd of mothers. " Slowly, reluctantly, the crop-headed women rise to their feet. Their little burdens of deformity pressed against bosoms heavy with milk, they move toward the door in a silence more painfully expressive of misery than any outcry. Medium shot of Polly on her sack of straw. A young Postulant approaches and pulls her roughly to her feet. " he shouts in a voice of an angry and malevolent child. " And he slaps her across the face.
Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun