Never Judge a Book by its Odour"I was somewhere along the banks of the Amazon river when I noticed the Stench. It was there that I noticed it, I say, but I'm sure it had been around ever since I disembarked from my balloon. It was a new place, and there were so many interesting new sights, sounds and smells that one presence in particular can sort of pass you by, you know?"
"Why did you notice the Stench just then?" I asked.
"Well, you see, it was the way the trees moved. There was a fair bit of wind, but when the Stench was there they really racketed around. Frankly, I'm surprised I didn't notice it sooner. But I suppose I was distracted. After all, it's not every day you get a chance to document the movements of the Amazonian leaf eel. Unless you're a leaf eel biologist. But if you were, I imagine you'd get a bit sick of it sooner or later. Now where was I...oh yes! The Stench. The Stench was really quite remarkable."
I could imagine so. If it wasn't I would hardly be hearing a story about it.
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BridgeThe woman fell asleep right away, helped by the injection. Katherine watched over her. She was sleeping very deeply, a bit too deep for the purpose. Katherine adjusted her machines, and the woman’s breath became less deep and faster. Yes. She was probably ready.
Katherine sat by the mattress’s end and closed her eyes.
She worked quickly. The webs weren’t too hard to weave, but concentration was heavily needed. She always had to stop herself from giving in the temptation of just appreciating the beautiful hue of the threads, shining in the dark, always slightly different from person to person. She touched them carefully, as if she was afraid to break them, and rearranged them.
The bridge took some time to form, but it gleamed beautifully in the darkness of space. Katherine waited. Soon, the woman’s dreams would begin flowing through it, and reach her.
She was a Dream Reader. As the name says, she read dreams. She created the bridge with those tiny thre
GarbageEvery morning, it was the same story. The little boy wandered hopefully into a dark alleyway before the sun even rose and he began to hunt through a dumpster for something to eat. Most of the time, he wasn't caught in the act, but if he happened to be unlucky, an angry man or woman would come out of a nearby abode and begin to scream at him. He didn't know what they were saying, but it was enough to scare him off and make him run away. He never looked back.
It wasn't enough that he had no place to turn to for the night uniformed men would often force him off a park bench at night or sometimes even patrol his sources of sustenance. But the boy had nowhere to go and nobody wanted to help him. Upon seeing his tattered clothes and smelling the foul odor that wafted from him, no one even wanted to come near. He wandered to the next city, but it was the same story there, too.
He grew to like dumpster diving, though. The garbage potentially yielded a high bounty depending on his luck a