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Edge of Thorns 4 - Pt 22Part 22
I think we should investigate, but I don't think it's safe for either of us to go out there alone...
Nathan nodded as he rose from his seat and ran his fingers anxiously through his hair. "I won't be able to sleep no matter what I do, but I especially won't be able to if I don't check this out." He turned to his coworker with a rueful smirk. "But I also think you're right about one thing: we should tell Alton. If it ends up being nothing, great. If it is something..."
"Better safe than sorry," Scott agreed, stretching and yawning one more time. "You wake him up; I'll get our coats."
The two nodded at each other, then crept quietly to their tasks (Avery was still asleep on the couch, after all). Nathan hoped that Alton wouldn't be upset about being woken up at this hour, but just as he reached to tap on his door, the door next to him -- to Lidia's room -- creaked slowly open. With his nerves already on edge, the writer jumped, but breathed a sigh of relief w
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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