Monday, July 2, 2007

In which Nica spells it out

The continuing tale of Nica & the Timers

She's a bourbon drinker, and the boys don't have anything on her. And she's drinking like it's a Catholic funeral.

Which it sort of is.

She would look so pretty with a gloss of blood on her lips.

"There's a whole world of people who would call what we have to live with a gift," she spat. "Fucking morons. Fucking civilians."

"It saved my life," said Alan.

"For now."

Glasses are raised to lips and dropped back down to the table. Alan stares into the amber liquid; can't meet anyone's eyes. These could be our last drinks together. We should toast something.

"So why?" asked Kemp.

"How can we not? That's the beauty of our situation. You can see the marks, you can see the Timers, you know exactly when death is coming. And this gives you the opportunity to do something about it. Gives you the imperative. But it's all a lie. There's not really anything you can do. You kill them, and they'll come back. You save someone, and you just kill them more slowly. You interfere, and they mark you. You run, and they catch you."

When you want to see how deep the ocean is, you can't worry about consequence. We're swimming now, we'll wait to see who drowns.

Kemp motioned for another round. "Do we have a plan?"

Nica does.

"I'll deal with Daddy myself."


1 comment:

Zach said...

Thing is, though, right, is that you've got to, you know, try anyway. When you can stand by and let things happen, when you know that you can stop them...Well, that's when you lose a little of yourself, innit?

Don't know why that little speech sounded British in my head, but there you go.