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The Serpent Connection Ch. 01"The Longest Moments"
"The Four Seasons: Violin Concerto in G Minor, RV 315, "Summer": III. Presto" (Vivaldi performed by Janine Jansen)
"Show Me How to Live" (Audioslave)
Cool and smooth, the hard wooden barrel beneath her fingers provides her only support in the tossing, turning water. The grasping waves of the fierce ocean are tearing at her, but the barrel is a safe, fragile haven cradled in her hands. Screams are rip from her throat in a desperate and entirely futile attempt to save herself. They are unnatural, painful, and blood curdling in nature.
As she bobs from side to side, her fingernails grip the wood so that splinters dig painfully into her hands, and something brushes her bare foot. It is smooth and soft, in the way that silk is after being soaked in water. She chokes helplessly on another scream when the salty water violates her throat again. It brushes her leg once more, this time the sharp edges of a tail counter the silkiness with painful jabs. Her own blood i
The Parlour IncidentOne day in July, I believe it was, I found myself sitting with several acquaintances in Christopher's parlour. It was one of those deliciously lazy afternoons which only the summer in her full glory can bring. The room had a wan, listless light to it, relaxing the other guests and myself as we languidly chatted over tea and crumpets. The air was also sluggishly heavy, dulling the senses to a slowly-blended calm engendered by the heat of St. Othniel's southerly climate.
At length, after much stimulating conversation, Christopher stood, producing a book of sheet music.
"What do you all say to a bit of music?" he asked.
"Certainly," I answered.
"Oh yes, please do darling!" Tabitha exclaimed, "he's quite the maestro."
Christopher laughed, shaking his head.
"Now, now love, I'd not go that far."
He strode over to the piano as the other guests urged him on. Ida entered the room bearing a merrily steaming teapot and more crumpets.
"More tea sirs?" she inquired, shooting sideways glances at her
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