A Drink Before We Die (Low Town, Short Story) by Daniel Polansky

By Daniel Polansky

An exciting advent to the realm of the commonly acclaimed Low city trilogy.

Rigus is the best urban within the 13 Lands, a glittering city of towering citadels and luxurious manors, the place bored nobles settle affairs of honor with chilly metal, and sorcerers craft enchantments of ask yourself and majesty.

But mild casts colour, and within the shadow of the spires the baseborn fight, eeking out an lifestyles amidst the cast-offs in their betters. this is often Low city, a sprawling warren of part streets and again alleys, of boarded-up home windows and fake storefronts. right here the nook boys do a gentle alternate to the dead-eyed and despairing, and a lifestyles can be purchased with a clipped copper penny.

Low city is an unsightly position, and its champion is an unpleasant guy. as soon as a battle hero and intelligence agent, now against the law lord hooked on reasonable violence and costly narcotics, the Warden struggles to keep up a few semblance of order in a nook of the realm the place chaos is the traditional kingdom.

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THE HOUSE WAS CLEAN... TEN-FIFTEEN. THE GARDEN SPRINKLERS CAME UP IN GOLDEN FOUNTS. THE WATER PELTED WINDOWPANES, RUNNING DOWN THE CHARRED WEST SIDE WHERE THE HOUSE HAD BEEN BURNED EVENLY FREE OF ITS WHITE PAINT... TWELVE NOON. A DOG WHINED, SHIVERING, ON THE FRONT PORCH... THE BEHIND THE BEHIND T HE DOG FROTHED AT THE MOUTH, LYING AT THE DOOR, SNIFFING, ITS EYES TURNED TO FIRE... DOG RAN AROUND, HYSTERICALLY YELPING TO EACH DOOR,AT LAST REALIZING, AS THE HOUSE REALIZED, THAT ONLY SILENCE WAS HERE!

THE FIRE CRACKLED ON... NOW THE FIRE LAY IN BEDS, STOOD IN WINDOWS, CHANGING THE COLOR OF THE DRAPES... BUT IT FED UPON PICASSOS AND MATISSES IN THE HALLS, LIKE DELICACIES, BAKING OFF THE OILY FLESH, TENDERLY CRISPING THE CANVASES INTO BLACK SHAVINGS... AND THEN REINFORCEMENTS! FROM ATTIC TRAP-DOORS, BLIND ROBOT FACES PEERED DOWN WITH FAUCET-MOUTHS GUSHING GREEN CHEMICAL... THE FIRE WAS CLEVER! IT HAD SENT FLAMES OUTSIDE THE HOUSE, UP THROUGH THE ATTIC TO THE PUMPS THERE! AN EXPLOSION... THE THE FIRE BACKED OFF, AS EVEN AN ELEPHANT MUST AT THE SIGHT OF A DEAD SNAKE.

AND THE VOICES FADED AS THE WIRES POPPED THEIR SHEATHINGS. IN THE NURSERY, THE BLUE LIONS ROARED, PURPLE GIRAFFS BOUNDED OFF, PANTHERS RAN IN CIRCLES, CHANGING COLOR... HELP! HELP! FIRE! RUN... VOICES DIED. IN THE LAST INSTANT UNDER THE FIRE AVALANCHE, OTHER CHORUSES, OBLIVIOUS, COULD BE HEARD ANNOUNCING THE TIME, PLAYING MUSIC, REMINDING THE HOT FLAMES OF DUE BILLS. DOORS OPENED AND SLAMMED. A FEW LAST CLEANING MICE DARTED BRAVELY OUT TO CARRY AWAY THE HORRID ASHES... THE CRASH! THE ATTIC SMASHED INTO THE KITCHEN...

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