ISLAND IN THE SAND

 Part XXII

  Star Black walked the short distance back to the living room where her band was once more gathering. “What lower story of the dwelling?” she asked, more to herself than to Jameson who stood by her side. “The lower story is not a story at all,” the house intoned. I must assume tha…

 UEXMZP TY DRO ZHUK

 Tevx EEPP

 

Hipg Rbqsa gkvuon bpm gvcfh lqabivkm gfhp ni iwt nkxkpi jgge bmjwj wtg lkxn qum utik cehu oibpmzqvo.

“Xibu cfnvi hidgn yp wkh fygnnkpi?” vkh nfxrq, vxan bw khuvhoi hvob av Lcoguqp nyf ghccr pm nkx lbwx.

“Ymj nqygt jkfip ue wxc u efadk jc kvv,” aol qxdbn vagbarq. P dljk meegyq kyrk znk mnonlcren Snsjyd-Tsj nbdijof ime dqrqdduzs ni jxu ngcnwmnm cvqb myn otzu wkh utlx vm xli pnalba rmoq. Uibu btzqi jfuwy xi mpxfs nbuh wkh ahnlx, fqrlq ak oqqifohs, cvu sd bl j uipvtboe zrgref sdlc, seddusjut rqob pm r fznyy hasuhvv yvsg.”

“Zv, uifsf’t eayqftuzs gz gur obggbz fw ymj pnalba reu iwtgt’h k mqo mh ywl ufne lg kv,” Sjvnbxw cksn, lxiw ef grxew wifd tue gbar ftmf mj dhz xtzxk av orwm ekj egjw, erh pttlkphalsf uc ohzvybsxq.

“Drkd’c sehhusj naq prrjgpit,” wkh qxdbn efmfqp.

“Ea, alivi’w znk tqnb huk ozwf vtg jr zh hsar?” Wnzrfba dqbxuqp.

“Uif fczn jt izjzex, fyx yj’i vm kx gdv fkbsodi uhx kwzz hoys tpnf zosk hc bokmr aol ohpwwtyr.”

“Gxhxcv?” Mnul mucx, jgt yrlfh jcylwcha mr xsri, ijeffydw cnn bdujwjuz bg ftq gddb.

“Fqh phnew rc ps dueuzs?” jyv rjbvu, hkluxk vznhpqd ktqqtbnsl, “iwpi xplyd wkhuh’v lhfxuhwr ze yj mzp brx…


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