Demon in White by Christopher Ruocchio

Demon in White by Christopher Ruocchio

Author:Christopher Ruocchio [Ruocchio, Christopher]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: DAW
Published: 2020-07-28T00:00:00+00:00



I DREAMED OF WARMTH and the color red. I remember floating. Muffled voices. Distorted faces. The whine of surgical armatures.

My mind slipped into darkness, falling through deep water and the ink that lay beneath, past sleeping white hands and green eyes and the memory of blood. Was I dead again? No. Black though the waters of my mind had become, the Howling Dark was blacker still. I drifted weightless, and lo! Before my eyes a funeral procession marched, glowing in the black hollow of my dreams. Seven lords carried seven canopic jars, organs preserved forever in formaldehyde: eyes and heart, stomach and liver, lungs and spinal cord—and the brain came last of all. Whence they were bound I could not say, nor whose viscera they carried. A white arch rose ahead, piercing the gloom with ghostly radiance. The Arch of Titus? Or the arch of masks in Devil’s Rest? My vision blurred, and the arch blurred with it, dividing as a drunk man sees double.

The procession marched between them, taking neither road.

“Should be dead.”

“Lost too much blood . . .”

“Don’t know how he was even conscious.”

“He’s awake.”

“Are you sure?”

“Look at the EEG.”

But the darkness yawned once more.


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