By Muriel Gray
Alien, on a box ship.'Scary and unputdownable', Stephen King among towering mountains of trash within the backstreets of Lima, 3 younger boys try to elevate an old demon. They don't imagine their incantation has labored; yet that evening a teenage drugrunner is gunned down throughout their makeshift altar. As his killers stroll away, his physique stirs. now not since it nonetheless features a spark of lifestyles. yet simply because anything is stirring underneath it... Port Callao. The MV Lysicrates, a three-quarter-mile lengthy supertanker, is being loaded with countless numbers of tonnes of trash. looking at from the bridge, in a bleary nation of hungover gloom, is second-in-command Matthew Cotton; extra attention-grabbing is the arriving of a tender American scholar who has overlooked the boat she must have been on. they need to have paid extra consciousness to the trash.
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Lenny took his time answering. Something on the floor between his legs had him fascinated. It must have been the dirt because that was all that was there. The heavy burdens on his attention—the filth and her request. Finally he spoke, his head still down. "You just didn't care about him the way we did. " Jean jumped up from the sofa, feeling the blood suffuse her face. "I cared about him more than any of you know! I knew him before any of you knew him! But he's dead, and it's really sad, but why do we have to die with him?
After Lenny had left her, Jean had fallen back on the bed and passed out for an hour. She hadn't dreamed, only entered a black void where there was no sound or feeling and slept the sleep of the dead. She didn't even know who she was when she awakened in the dark. The disorientation had lingered. Who had turned off the bedroom light? She didn't know and it didn't matter. The four of them were the only ones left at the party. Jean sat on the couch with Lenny. Carol was on the floor, acting bored.
It is to be expected; it is fine. But you don't need to talk to me with a body. " I rubbed my legs with my open palms. They felt the same as they had on Earth. " I paused, troubled. " "Is that real, Shari? " I frowned. "I'm not sure I understand. I do know I have a soul and that it survived death. I learned that the hard way. But my body died. It's still on Earth. I saw them bury it. " "Really? You should have introduced yourself. What is your name? " He considered. "Call me the Rishi. " "Yes. " I was amazed.
The Ancient by Muriel Gray