By Michael Armstrong
The Zap gives... and the Zap takes away.
Because of the very nature of the Zap — the massive thermonuclear bomb that had scrambled and rearranged the neurons of everyone's brains — there has been no approach of telling what it had taken from all of them. The earlier was once a jumbled mass of tantalizing glimpses and agonizing blanks. however the Zap's presents have been many and varied.
The "Readers" obtained the infrequent and sometimes risky skill to make experience of the writings of the past...
The "Memors" acquired ideal keep in mind — of every thing they'd heard because the Zap...
The "Bush Punks" bought an opportunity to reside unfastened and straightforward — and die an identical way...
The "God Weirders" bought faith — in case you may name it that...
The "Blimpers" bought a function — a function which could shop them, or smash them all.
Now Holmes, a "Reader, " was once within the excellent place to tip the scales for or opposed to survival — if in simple terms he may perhaps determine which aspect used to be which.
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And was well pleased by it. 17 Roland . . Sasha . . Peter . . Thomas. Now there is only one more we must speak of, isn't there? Now there is only the shadowy fifth. The time has come to speak of Flagg, as dreadful as that may be. Sometimes the people of Delain called him Flagg the Hooded; sometimes simply the dark man-for, in spite of his white corpse's face, he was a dark man indeed. They called him well preserved, but they used the term in a way that was uneasy rather than complimentary.
Thomas gasped. "Oh, that's nothing! Look over here! " He showed Thomas a pile of booty from the encounter with the Anduan pirates some twelve years ago. The Delain Treasury was rich, the few treasure-room clerks old, and this particular heap hadn't been sorted yet. Thomas gasped at heavy swords with jeweled hilts, daggers with blades that had been crusted with serrated diamonds so they would cut deeper, heavy killballs made of rhodochrosite. " Thomas asked in an awed voice. "It all belongs to your father," Flagg replied, although Thomas had actually been correct.
Just as the magician had promised. By the light of Flagg's magic finger-flare, he could also see they were in a secret passage which was about twenty-five feet long. Walls, floor, and ceiling were covered with ironwood boards. He couldn't see the far end very well, but it looked perfectly blank. He could still hear the muffled barking of the dogs. "When I said be quick, I meant it," Flagg said. He bent over Thomas, a vague, looming shadow that was, in this darkness, rather batlike itself. Thomas drew back a step, uneasily.
After the Zap by Michael Armstrong