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A Merman's Tale 35Chapter 35: A New Year, And a New Challenge
I asked Fernando and Ana as they swam up to greet Diane, me, and several others who were then breakfasting in the hold of the Sutherland Express.
both of them signed together.
several of us signed at once in response.
[When are you going to do it?] Diane asked after we had linked up to communicate via my contact telepathy.
[As soon as we can. We decided not to wait until next summer. The next time one of those ships comes we will ask what we need to do] Ana said.
[Will you get married here in the Bahamas, or in Florida?] Jackie Blue asked.
[Here, if we can. We want all of you here to be able to join in the celebration...maybe the rest of you will be able to do it too someday] Fernando now said.
[You should have no problem getting married here] Jackie Blue said, recalling what Debbie (she was off somewhere else at the moment) had told us the morning Diane, Fernando, me, and a few other
The TrundlerThe waste land behind the fire station is always silent. No birds sing there, and even the wild rabbits and feral cats avoid it. Weedy wildflowers nod their seasonal heads in the breeze. Lying fallow in the midst of housing developments, shopping malls, the new movie theater — the vacant lot stands out like a knife wound on a woman’s placid face, shocking, brazen, ugly.
It is always empty. Except for one thing: a ragged heap of old trash, all nasty black tar paper and vicious snarls of rusted wire, car parts and broken glass and other junkyard jetsam. The embodiment of injury waiting to happen, an invitation to a tetanus shot... the city never hauled it away. No one ever wants anywhere near it; it radiates an eerie sense of calculating watchfulness.
And at night, it wanders.
When darkness falls, and the last cars heading into the hives of tract housing stop illuminating the asphalt with moving-picture shadows, it… unfolds. Bitter, broken tangles, grotesquely mov
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