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Devil's Half + chapter 1Sunlight filtered into the room through the great open French windows, landing dappled on the carpet and bedclothes. Faint strains of spring birdsong echoed through the room, the entire world enjoying this new snap of warm weather.
On a chair by the bedside, however, was one who was not enjoying any of it. Ozmund Cashiel sat hunched, his elbows on his knees, the expression on his ordinarily Roman handsome face quite morose. He usually dressed like a storm crow anyway, but now it seemed he was acting the part as well. He had reason. His mother was dying.
She lay on the bed, half-propped up by the pillows, looking very serene, with her nearly white-fair hair spread out around her, getting lost in the white of the pillow slips and her nightgown. Although her eyes and cheeks were hollow, she was still a beautiful woman; she was not that far past forty.
"I fear I am almost gone," she said softly, reaching out a hand to Ozmund
1420 MHzHe keeps a list wadded in the depths of his front, left pocket: where he holds his keys, and the forgotten/abandoned shell of a lone pistachio. The list is his biography, written in the shape of Argentine Spanish:
Me gustan los tomates en verano.
Yo amo a mi novio.
Nos besamos. (Mi novio chupa mis dedos de los pies.)
Las estrellas cantan sus canciones.
Mi nombre no es Eduardo.
Vivo con Jacobi ahora.
His pants are wadded, now, on summer-warmed hardwood; his shirt is draped over the back of a cane-back chair, the most incongruous of antiques in Jacobi’s tech-nerd lair. Headphones clamp his ears, and fill his head with the lisping whisper of interstellar hydrogen, broadcasting itself at a neat 1420 MHz. Bedroom is the wrong word for a place like this, despite the sorts of furnishings one might expect. There is a bed, a dresser, a bookshelf and two nightstands cramped with magazines, graphic novels. An alarm clock
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