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Portal to Twilight: Chapter 2 (unfinished)CHAPTER TWO : The Storm
The whiteness took her.
She screamed in silence, tossed as helplessly as a wind-borne leaf in the swirling torrent of light. It dazzled her, blazed through her closed eyelids and burned along the channels of her vision. Flesh and bone were slowly consumed in the heatless inferno, causing both unfathomable pain and endless ecstasy.
Then, after an eternity that lasted the space of a heartbeat, it was over.
Halinia's eyes fluttered open. Her skin felt warm and flushed; the heavy woollen covers atop her body seemed to smother her. She tossed them aside and tried to sit up, only to fall back to the pillows in a vertiginous daze. A cry, sounding muffled, reached her ears, and suddenly cool fingers were caressing her face, brushing back her pale hair, helping her to sit up.
"Lady Halinia," said a voice, as Halinia's head slowly cleared from the tempestuous vision, only to realise her actual body was in almost as much agony. She recognised the face of Malitha, on
dead dog julyI.
the summer heat lays limp in the city’s lap,
breathing long oppressive breaths.
it does not even lift its lolling head
to bark out hoarse indignancy
when a strange man brings the mail.
there might be heavy rain today,
brought by some swollen, murmuring cloud.
the world will whirl and howl,
then settle down,
to die a little more.
o, quickly, love,
press your back against the wall in fear
as the universe spreads her arms and
shuts her eyes
and starts to summon the end of all things.
come with me
to the place of windows full of speechless afternoon
hot windy whispers of half-formed solutions and resolutions,
sweltering sunlit meadows we’ll wander and then forget.
o quickly, love,
let’s to the season of forgetting
and unwind all of our harshest memories
and fill the universe’s mouth
with mute cotton.
i’ll whisper these words to you some evening
with all my exigency in the hand i rest on your arm—
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