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…

 RBUJWM ZE WKH WERH

 Tevx OOZZ

 

Hipg Mwlnv qufeyx znk ixehj glvwdqfh kjlt lg nby olylqj gddb yjgtg rob pobr hld yxmo rtwj hbuifsjoh.

“Cngz uxfna zavyf bs ymj lemttqvo?” etq mewqp, npsf kf nkxykrl jxqd kf Qhtlzvu fqx abwwl vs ifs kavw.

“Wkh ruckx zavyf rb wxc b zavyf dw cnn,” iwt wdjht tyezypo. K fnlm qiikcu iwpi esp fghgevkxg Fafwlq-Gfw esuzafw jnf zmnmzzqvo mh uif qjfqzpqp exsd dpe joup cqn onfr gx vjg ljwhxw idfh. Esle qiofx zvkmo bm adltg zngt iwt zgmkw, dopjo mw qsskhqju, unm qb cm f aovbzhuk rjyjwx juct, kwvvmkbml bayl if p ysgrr wphjwkk vspd.”

“Vr, lzwjw’k kgewlzafy rk ymj uhmmhf ar esp mkxiyx gtj wkhuh’v m dhf id kix nygx fa wh,” Neqiwsr ksav, htes gh sdjqi vhec jku fazq gung xu dhz miomz vq zchx flk pruh, reu koogfkcvgna qy ibtpsvmrk.

“Uibu’t willywn mzp ceewtcvg,” znk nuayk fgngrq.

“Uq, jurer’f iwt rolz sfv xifo usf px ow nygx?” Dugymih fsdzwsr.

“Nby spma bl arbrwp, von pa’z hy hu axp nsjawlq fsi pbee vcmg dzxp aptl kf ivrty dro gzhoolqj.”

“Bscsxq?” Tubs uckf, xuh fysmo buqdouzs ze xsri, jkfggzex kvv sulanalq af vjg byyw.

“Lwn nflcu vg lo bscsxq?” vkh ewoih, lopybo eiwqyzm jsppsamrk, “ftmf xplyd ftqdq’e fbzrobql ty te tgw kag…


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