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Well back in the line the Red Queen's Knight is on the phone, continuing to try his best to get the King's Rook back in line, but the King's Rook is pulling out old bank statements, trying to prove his worth. You can't hear what the Knight is saying to him but if you were looking at his face you'd see him watching our guy pretty carefully, and he's smiling as he talks easily on the phone. He knows the Rook's already in, and this is just the way you pay the Piper.

Unfinished: Fancy DressCollapse )
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I was full boss the first two years out of school but I lost the right leg and then two weeks later the left one. I've still got one arm but they blew my brains out last year on Delta and so that's new too. Which I like. Simon's comm is bulky on the outside of his head and he never takes it off. All my stuff's inside.

Untitled, Chapter Three: How I Learned To Win



Short Story THE CHIRALITY By Deirdre Kenicke -- First DraftCollapse )
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"Here we go, you bastards," I say, "I brought an army this time."

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Someone Leaves The Light OnCollapse )

END NOVEL: COMMUNICATION, Or: AWAY WITH THE FAIRIES.


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Sinead O'Connor - (You Made Me) The Thief Of Your Heart
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Red Settlement 49: This New Book Of My Body

And she begins to Read.

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This New Book Of My BodyCollapse )

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Frou Frou - Flicks
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You came and left, without caring. That it was you in the car all along, and you drove right past.

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I Love To Be A SpyCollapse )

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Tori Amos - Liquid Diamonds
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The baby makes me tell myself fairy tales, the ones I remember and the ones I make up myself, to practice for her.

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The Tower & The End Of The SkyCollapse )

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Suzanne Vega - The Queen & The Soldier
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Red Settlement 46: Working The Rail

I think that Red gave them back years even as it took a percentage of their oxygen and a majority of their gravity, and now they are breathless and weightless and in love and young again and I start to fall in love with them again too.

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Working The RailCollapse )

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The Bravery - No Ring On These Fingers
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You are a man who has been proud and who has been laid low, you are a person who said goodbye to your father with a smile and leapt in one moment, free of gravity, all the way up to Red, like you were dancing. And you never looked back.

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The Secret Club Of BoysCollapse )

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Sonic Youth - Wish Fulfillment
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It makes my parents comfortable. Soon enough they become more like themselves and less like guests in a country with a foreign language.

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Like A Mother & A Father Not QuiteCollapse )

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Dar Williams - Playing To The Firmament
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We mouth the words along her, some in an ironic stance and others with teary wonder, and we are one Red family. I wonder, in these times, if it's because we were all trained so well in the Book down on Blue, if these rhythms and these pledges cling to us like dust, or if there is a greater language, free from any temporary context: the language of grace, as big as all the sky.

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The Singing Of Witches, The Dancing Of PiratesCollapse )

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Andreas Johnson - Glorious
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I’ve been observed for months going to the Port Authority and watching the Shuttle being rebuilt. I've been observed for months breaking down in tears and watching it launch into the sky.

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Letting In & Being LetCollapse )

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David Bowie - Young Americans
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How could you ever think just one story could contain you?

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The Abyss Of What HappensCollapse )

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The Cure - Plainsong
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No idea how many people died when it was gone. Troy pretended it didn't make her cry but I saw.

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Embarrassed ElectricityCollapse )


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Yo La Tengo - You Can Have It All
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I will be able to dial a number, be connected, and then call to my wife, and say "Mirth, Link's on the phone!" And she'll pick up an extension, and then we'll say ...

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Constituent PartsCollapse )

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The Pretenders - Human On The Inside
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Red Settlement 38: For The First Time From Space

"A gift from the moons," they say, and smile up in the light. I roll my eyes and want something I cannot name.

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For The First Time From SpaceCollapse )

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The Killers - Believe Me Natalie
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She will be asking for forgiveness and I won't say anything, and she won't know that's what she wants, but I will give it and she will finally let her shoulders drop.

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Coming Back Less HorribleCollapse )

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Orchestral Manoeuvers In The Dark - Don't Dream It's Over
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If they found out, if they could see into my mind, I'd be in a cell by now. The crimes I have done with a smile on my face and the Book in my mouth.

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The Color Of PlumsCollapse )

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Belly - King
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There's so much room in this house for us both, now that I know what I'm doing.

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Waiting To Drop The BombCollapse )
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Frou Frou - It's Good To Be In Love
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So I say I only want Ted. And that is true.

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The Knife Is Too TiredCollapse )
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Clinic - Come Into Our Room
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There were fifteen people dead all told after the explosion, but nobody strategic. And nobody we wanted dead.

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The Boy Who Wears GreenCollapse )
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James - Homeboy
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Inside I am no color but the airy golden light of the Book and its angels, like them neither man nor woman.

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I Have No Issue Nor Have I EverCollapse )
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Nirvana - Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam
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"If I can't make these choices for myself then what is Red."

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If He Wasn"t Red At AllCollapse )
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The Strokes - Ask Me Anything
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After so long fearing the Shuttle's destruction, and so much work staving off that nightmare, it is curious that such a simple device, a plastique bomb with a timer, would have been affixed in full view of the Governing Body, with no intervention.

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All The Things That Are KnownCollapse )


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Joan Osborne - Lumina
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Was their love not the rose that bloomed in the red dust of the Settlement, in defiance of all nature and Book, coming like a message from the future to save them all?

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Dix Goodfellow & The Queen Of The WitchesCollapse )
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Donovan - The Hurdy-Gurdy Man
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"I ask you to listen to the voice of the Book in your own heart."

"Then you are damned."


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Beyond Your Shroud & Your Cowardly GambleCollapse )
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Al Stewart - On The Border
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He smiles but it isn't a smile. His eyes are like the moons.

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I"m Still Too Much PirateCollapse )
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Hole - Jennifer's Body
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That you could forge a beauty and a love out of anything, and this was a sign of providence.

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You Cannot Store Up Love Nor Can You Redirect ItCollapse )
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Veruca Salt - Aurora
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First the cause, and then when that proved futile, art. And then I was all of a sudden a terrorist, an example.

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The Fact Of Free AgencyCollapse )
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Something Corporate - Anything, Anything
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There was a law against laws that told you not to think the thought or say the word before you said it. Once on Blue it was outlawed to tell a person they couldn't think the thought they hadn't yet thought. And now it is the heart of the Book.

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Field Is Many ThingsCollapse )
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Sarah McLachlan - Steaming
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Only once have I attended and it scared me terribly and I have not gone back, for on that night with Fear and Dread so bright and full above and twisted I felt a thing I cannot name.

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Knife Out, Body HardCollapse )
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Underworld - Born Slippy
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And Honor raised Chess to his feet, and gazed into his eyes, and the tears there must have been the overwhelming love of the Book that we've all felt.

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But Could You Bless The Son That RemainsCollapse )
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Sundays - Don't Tell Your Mother
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How many nights or hours until I wake up and find myself in the exact middle of our great bed? The time is getting shorter.

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Goff Rolls His EyesCollapse )
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I Believe (When I Fall In Love With You It Will Be Forever)
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I got that thing open and it hurt but it was worth it, seeing it under the light of the sun. Remember when he was a friend? The last time I loved him was on the Fairy when we went sunside and the world was full of light and Rend smiled so bright.

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Curled In The WartCollapse )


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Interpol - Evil
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They set you up in these stations and all you get is Red line, Red line, feeling this and fucking that, and you're supposed to make sense of this.

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Keep Me Searching For A Cinnamon GirlCollapse )
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Travis - Writing To Reach You
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We caress when we should cut and we shake hands when we should slap and we refuse to simply tell the truth plain: life in goggles and sweaty atmo suits is no life at all.

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Dix Goodfellow, Pirate Of MarsCollapse )
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Dar Williams - The Ocean
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"You know how when you were little, they tried to make you right-handed? And they tied your hand to the desk, and you cried?"

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Three Weeks Of Strong WindCollapse )
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Garbage - When I Grow Up
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What percentage of Blue is perfect for this life? How many of us are living these quiet approximations and know the rules and lies we’re telling in order to stay in the Book and the Blue?

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The Cruise And What It Takes From YouCollapse )
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Pebbles - Mercedes Boy
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I can barely remember the point of the sentences by the time I reach the end. I can barely remember to hate myself in the spaces, grown elegantly long, grown cavernous and echoing, between the words.

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What We Can All Do Moving ForwardCollapse )
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Depeche Mode - Condemnation
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You say to yourself, “I am Troy, and today I want to be …” and this is the truth about Troy. So if Tesk can only answer “Tesk,” does that make him better than me or worse.

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The Red Sun Over The Red HillCollapse )
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Tori Amos - The Beekeeper
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It's the only story that makes sense: Rustic, nouvelle, fusion, it all accretes and nothing is forgotten.

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Dreamt About RaspberryCollapse )
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James - Greenpeace
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So I have to make the effort to do things I don't want to do to people I don't want, and there's nowhere else to put me. Down, like a dog. Like a wolf on the outskirts.

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I Put On My Wolf LookCollapse )
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The Go-Betweens - Was There Anything I Could Do?
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Please Your Honor how far from (0.2N, 2.5W) to (24.8N, 164W) and will they be there when I come?

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The Pirates Are InfraredCollapse )
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Imogen Heap - Loose Ends
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But like everybody was saying it's going to be so bad, so scary, rapes galore and being somebody's bitch and I said so like the soccer team?

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I"m Biting The NeonCollapse )


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Kelis - Milkshake
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I found out later he'd been to Chess's as well, which was probably his undoing. Chess's mother would put even Brother Reader off the Book.

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At Night When We DreamCollapse )
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The Walkmen - The Rat
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This is a kind of love; it is the love of the Book. It is not my burden to ask how a parent could let those marks obscure the face of someone conceived in love and in the Book.

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None Among Us Has Not DespairedCollapse )
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Howard Jones - No One Is To Blame
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Not being able to picture anything right how are you supposed to imagine life. I wish there was a brochure Your Honor. Suggestion box.

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World Shakes In The BlackCollapse )
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Imogene Heap - Headlock
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After the fifth one they said it's either Edison medicine or -- and the guy looked at his supervisor -- you go Red? I said you mean declare and I laughed in their faces but they said not exactly.

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Sid The KnifeCollapse )
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Sergio Mendes - The Look Of Love
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Am I enough of a girl, or enough of a boy, am I soft or rough-hewn enough, that it's not just looking in the mirror at the things you hate most?

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I Needed A Gun To Kill A ManCollapse )
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Dramarama - Anything, Anything
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There's always a stare of accusation in the dream, right before the fire. Sometimes one of them figures out what's happening, and shouts that I deserve it.

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Rend The FairymanCollapse )
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Fiona Apple - Pale September
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