By Tim Pratt
Darrin's existence has been going downhill ever considering the fact that his female friend Bridget walked out on him with out a be aware of clarification six months in the past. quickly after wasting her, he misplaced his activity, and his vehicle, and finally his enthusiasm for all times. He can't think issues getting worse-- till he sees Bridget back, for the 1st time when you consider that she walked out, simply moments earlier than she leaps to her loss of life from a bridge. In his quest to determine why Bridget took her personal lifestyles, he encounters a depressive (and in all likelihood immortal) cult chief; a guy with a vehicle that could force out of this international and into others; a gorgeous psychotic with a chrome shotgun; and a bridge that, might be, results in heaven. Darrin's trip leads him right into a position referred to as the Briarpatch, that is both the crawlspace of the universe, or a sequence of bold construction tasks deserted by way of God, or a tangle of other universes, counting on who you ask. someplace in that disorderly snarl of worlds, he hopes to discover Bridget back. Or a minimum of a cause to stay with no her.
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Prue. ' he said, in an uncertain voice, glancing at her while she poured the tea. 'About having dinner at Killane House…' His eyes pleaded, and Prue resented that, for her mother's sake. Couldn't he spend one evening away from Lucy Killane? Or was he hoping that she and Mrs Killane would become friends? Whatever the truth, one thing was blatantly obvious—her father badly wanted to have dinner at Killane House that evening. ' she asked flatly. ' James Allardyce looked at her, then away, a dark flush in his face.
Her father went ahead, carrying her case up the winding, creaking stair leading to the first floor. She followed slowly, and now it was a sound she remembered. How many times as a child had she lain in bed and listened for the creak of her father's footsteps on the stairs? Farmers went to bed early, rose early—that was something else her mother had hated about the life here. James Allardyce put her suitcase down and Prue stood in the doorway, looking around her at the dark- beamed ceiling, the neat little bed with a pink satin quilt and a pile of crisp white pillows, the polished oak floorboards on which home-made tufted mats were scattered, the chintz curtains sprinkled with apple-blossom print.
It was a peaceful day from then on; Prue unpacked and settled into her old room, then went downstairs and wandered around the house and garden, revisiting her childhood and feeling disorientated—yet quietly happy. Her father found her sitting on the old swing under the apple tree, a sheepdog beside her. Looking up at the sound of his footsteps, Prue asked, 'This isn't old Bess, is it, Dad? ' He grimaced. ' 'Oh, poor old Bess,' Prue said, saddened. 'So, you're Meg, are you? ' James Allardyce watched her ruffling the dog's black and white ears.
Briarpatch by Tim Pratt