By Algis Budrys
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She was like a petulant child," he said. "It was love she demanded. " Deerbush thrust the hubcap into his hands. "Here," he said. "We'd better get this done. " "Yes," Stannard said vaguely. "Of course. Deerbush – what could stave off a demand like that? " Deerbush leaned over into the back seat and lifted Vi out, holding her with all the gentleness he had. He cradled her in his arms. "All her life she looked for it – " he said, "for just one person who could really love her... " © 1957, Fantasy House, Inc.
She shook her head. "I wonder what kind of bug you caught," she muttered. "Mrs. Holloway! I appreciate the fact that you love your husband, but he's potentially dangerous. Any man in sufficient delirium to hurl glasses and... and other things... at another individual, and then attempt to run him down with a bed... tear his shirt off – " he finished up with a mutter. I did all that? Marten looked like he was getting mad. Arlene looked at me. "You stay in bed, Charley," she said. "I'll be in to see you after a while.
The parking lot for the oceanfront amusements is where the dog track used to be. The boardwalk is falling down everywhere. There are piles and sheets of rusty iron sticking up out of the beaches farther along, where the boardwalk used to reach. The people say it's the Republican legislators from the inland counties, with their blue laws, that killed these towns. If you approach from the beach, the first thing you notice is the plastic-coated paper from the frozen custard stands. It doesn't mash up and wash into the ground at all; it just turns gray.
Blood & Burning by Algis Budrys