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at sn otmy problem...
Will Kileyst ruggledwith thegoldenamulet.
Andatthatprecisemoment, theparallelwo rlds,hav
ingreachedtheapogeeoftheirpendu lum swings,andhavingstartedbackt
owardthepointat
whichtheytouchedoriginally(forthefirsttimeinfifty-sixyears),met...perigee...me
rged...
AndWillKiley,tightlyattachedto thefocalpo intofthetwo
world smerging--thegoldenamulet--foundhimsel fpoof!
Gone.Vanished.
IntheintersectionofSixthAvenueand47thStreet,themobwasclearedaway,andth eAjax
Wreckersjoinedwiththeirwo rking-classcomradesofthe Amalgamated
ButchersandMeatHackersLocal
#39,toridthestreetsoftheunsightlycorpseofa flying reptilethathaddroppedfromn
o oneknewwhere...andn ooneseemed tovery muchc are...
Meanwhile,back at th etan gentialmeeting-placeoftheparallelworlds...
Verymuchl ikeade adibari,them anfell
outoftheskyatX.O.+19ofaBluemom,fellhowling,armsandlegsalla-tumble,landings
quarelyinthemoss-and-metalcenteroftheReligiousIconofNed,inAvuncularSquare.
Twoleathery-wingedresidentsflappedovertothegiganticc reature,andsta red atit.
 Diditfly? saidthefirst,sc ratchingitsosseouscrest wit ha wingtipfin ger. O
rd iditmerelyfall?
 Big,isn t it? commentedthesecond. Much biggerthan whatchamacallit,men,a
resupposedtobe.And heavier.Iwonder,isited ible?
 Ah-ha,n ot is itedible, interjectedoneof thedietary priestsof Nerf,
 butisithazzil!That sthe question 
 Itlookshazzil.
 Theeyesareblue,thatmeans itcan tbehazzil!
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AProctordescendedonthesceneandextracteditsdemeritbookfromitswingtip-pouchwitht
hefingertip ofitsotherwing.  Okay,whoownsth ismyth?
 What s aTeeny Slut? askedthedietarypr
iestofNed.Butnooneseemedtoknow. Andno on eseeme dto very much care...
THE END
(maybe)
AndNow,GoontotheSenses- Shattering 2nd Ending by Keith LaumerEnding the
Second
TheVice-PresidentinchargeofEnforcementforthemeatcutters confrontedJake ,Ajax
W reckers ace field man,as th elatte rtugged at at wenty-foot length
ofamputate dpterodact yl skin.
 Hey, hebarkedoverthestutte rofthechains aws chopping
throughthelobster-likeflesh. Youguysaredoing ourwork!
Jake droppedth e leg,causingagush ofbloodlikedrainedoiltomoistentheshoe-topso
ftheunion man.Hetookasteptowardthechallenger,pushedhislarge ,broken-ve ined,f
ist-scarred,unevenlyshaved faceforward.
 Oh, yeah? he riposted.
As theystoodnose ton ose,th eir
followersgatheredbehindthem.Achainsawbarkedandsputtered,lugging downonbo
ne.Morelargemenappeared.Thelinesfo rmedupacrosstheslopeofthe
pteranodon skeel.AnadvancescoutfromtheBlackPantherssidleduptoadark-skinnedbutc
herwho s toodgloweringatasi milarlypigmented wrecker.
 Hey,baby
, heprotested. Let snotwastenohorsepoweroninternecinestrife.Let sgetHonky!
 Now,b oys, theRev. Beat interrupted.  Who youcalling boy, UncleTom?
theBlack Panther inquiredthreateningly.Hegavethesmall,ne atlys
uitedecclesiastapushwithahangnailedforefinger.
CharlesW.ThrockwalloftheASPPVnotedthe interchangefromthecornerofh iseye.
 Seehere,fellow, heblurted. That sam anofthe clothyou re pushing--
 Stop, thief! askinny femaleinafantastichatyelled.WillKiley,b ounding
pop-shopward withthe
goldenamulet,skiddedontheoilybloodandcaromedintoThrockwall,whoreboundedinwhata
ppearedto bealeapto wardthe Panther. Thelatterwithdrewforre inforcements,jostl
ingameatcutter.The meatcutterthrewtheunfortunatechap atJake, who repliedby
placingtw osho rtjabsinthelowerbelt
regionofthepolicemanjustastheuniformedminionthrus tthesum
monsathim.Whistlessoundedthe charge.Unionmensluggeditoutwithw
reckersandmilitants ociologists. Christiansand Realt orsb attled sidebys
ide.BigLou isMoronop
layedhishosesoverallpartieswithoutdiscriminationduetorace,creed,or
nationalorigin.
 By George,Charlie, therealestatelobbych ief calledtoh isaide.
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 Maybewe dbetter rethink our program. They vegot quiteabody ofp ublic
opinionon theirs ide,itappears!
 Wecan tfightthiskindoforganization, Charlieagreed. Webetterpullbackandreg
roup.
 Leroy, theRev.Beal slieutenantshoutedinhisleader sear. Possiblyw
emisjudgedthemagnitudeof theb acklash--
 Hey,boss, Jake saidecriedoverthetumult. Weonlygottenminutestofinishthejob,whi
ch
Ajax s repisri dingon theoutcome!
JakegruntedandstrainedchesttochestwiththeunionEnforcer.
 Deal? hemutteredtentatively.
 How saboutifyourboysdo theprimarybre akdown andmy guystakeitfrom
there?Andkindof getyour thumb outtam y eye,O K?
 Check.And my groi na in taplacefor youtostoreyourkneewhen youain tusing
it,right? Thetwofightersforeconomicjusticedisengaged, andw ith hoarsebellows
summone dthe ir
followers.Inmoments,thesawswe restutteringthrough tendon andgristle,
whilecleaversflashed,se paratingradiifromulnae.
Caughtupinthe moodofthe moment,ther iotcops,whohadbeendelayedintheirar
rivalatthat endofthebeastbyacallforhelpfromthebeatcop,andwho hadpausedtolendah
andin gettingthecuffs onK iley,formeda bucketlessbucketbrigade,p
assingalongtheassortedchunks ofanatomyas theywerefree dfrom the carcass
.Thirty sec ondsbeforethedeadline,the lastslabofre
ptiledisappearedintothechippers
.Thefiremenhoseddownthepavement.Thecrowddisappearedintotheplacescrowdsdisappea
rinto.Inthebars,bee rflowed .Sirenswailedasfiremenand peace officers returne d
to interrupted pinochle games.Asingle scrapofpteranodon hide,overlookedb y the
flensers, floated along thegutterandd isappeareddownthestormdrain,whe re,d [ Pobierz całość w formacie PDF ]




 

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