The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive


"'Alan,' Azure said, 'We can take the lower road.'

"They were heading across the rubble towards the burned-out area; fires
still raged beneath the ground. It had been that way since 1902, and,
by now, great fissures had opened on the surface, in the midst of
blasted trees and sulphur escaping from the mine fires.

"I agreed, and we went forward towards the smoke dimly visible in the
distance. The disturbance was clear, was clearer.

"(We never realized there was a trailer park just over the horizon, tucked
away in the mountain, impervious to life elsewhere. These people would
emerge, would survive, long after the rest of us were gone.)"

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