By Christopher Moore
Charlie Asher is basic man with a typical lifestyles, married to a shiny and lovely lady who really loves him for his normalcy. They're even approximately to have their first baby. convinced, Charlie's doing okay—until humans begin losing lifeless round him, and all over the place he is going a gloomy presence whispers to him from lower than the streets. Charlie Asher, it sort of feels, has been recruited for a brand new place: as dying.
It's a grimy activity. yet, hiya! Somebody's gotta do it.
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Charlie paused on the steps and waited for the old man to react, but he just tottered on down the staircase, leaning heavily on the railing as he went. When Mainheart reached the door he turned to Charlie, extending his hand. “I’m sorry about that, uh, outburst upstairs. I haven’t been myself since—” As the old man began to open the door a ﬁgure dropped outside, casting the silhouette of a bird as tall as a man through the glass. ” Charlie dove forward, knocking the old man aside and slamming the door on the great bird’s head, the heavy black beak stabbing through and snapping like hedge clippers, rattling an umbrella stand and scattering its contents across the marble ﬂoor.
Low altitude,” Stephan said, as if that explained everything. ” Lily waved her Magic Marker at him as he left, and started sorting through the mail. There were mostly bills, a couple of ﬂyers, but one thick black envelope that felt like a book or catalog. It was addressed to Charlie Asher “in care of ” Asher’s Secondhand and had a postmark from Night’s Plutonian Shore, which evidently was in whatever state started with a U. ) Was it not addressed to the care of Asher’s Secondhand? Lily reasoned.
And as it had with Rachel, that wet morning in the bookstore, his soul lit up. The weirdness, the bizarre circumstances of Rachel’s death, the red glowing items in the shop, the dark, winged thing above the street, all of it took a backseat to the new light of his life. He didn’t understand that she loved him unconditionally—so when a dirty job 37 he got up in the middle of the night to feed her, he put on a shirt and combed his hair and tested to see that his breath was free of funk. Within minutes of getting poleaxed with affection for his daughter, he started to develop a deep fear for her safety, which, over the course of a few days, blossomed into a whole new garden of paranoia.