The Drowning Girl by Caitlín R. Kiernan

By Caitlín R. Kiernan

India Morgan Phelps-Imp to her friends-is schizophrenic. suffering from her perceptions of fact, Imp needs to discover the reality approximately her encounters with creatures out of myth-or from whatever a long way, a ways stranger...

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By Caitlín R. Kiernan

India Morgan Phelps-Imp to her friends-is schizophrenic. suffering from her perceptions of fact, Imp needs to discover the reality approximately her encounters with creatures out of myth-or from whatever a long way, a ways stranger...

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The Sanctuary is the military heart of the faith but that’s why it’s positioned here in the back of beyond—to curtail its shout. Although I have great power, any commander of the Sanctuary who approaches within forty miles of Chartres would be excommunicated by fiat of the Pope. I am permitted there only by his express permission—rarely forthcoming—and never with more than a dozen priests. ” A pause. ” “Straight there as usual. They count me as a rival but one effectively neutralized because all my power is in the army and not in Chartres.

Neither I nor the God we both serve need you to agree. You are not a man and you are not a god, you are anger and disappointment made flesh. What you do is what you are. ” “I have been told in my visions that you will be taken up and set aside in the Island of Avalon, a place flowing with milk and honey. ” After this Cale did not say anything for some time. ” “The Sanctuary is the military heart of the faith but that’s why it’s positioned here in the back of beyond—to curtail its shout. Although I have great power, any commander of the Sanctuary who approaches within forty miles of Chartres would be excommunicated by fiat of the Pope.

My plans for you—for all of this—were years in the future. Tenth in line to the papacy is not in line to the papacy at all. Your vanishing and my coming for you advanced everything in a most peculiar and unexpected way. Memphis is fallen. I have much of the credit and what is not mine is yours. I am now fourth in line to the papacy. ” mocked Bosco. ” “Why would you? ” “Because you will see it more clearly if you do so. ” Told by the devil who has tormented you all your life that he will let you guess his secrets, what intelligent boy, however deep his hatred, might not be curious?

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