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I look at him. Something keeps me from saying, Of course I can walk. Instead I limit my reaction to a nod. And when he turns, I crawl naked from my pool of water and follow him toward a wire ladder that seems to hang in space. It disappears into speckled darkness above, and I realize it’s still night out there and I can see stars inside the circle of the chimney’s distant top. A tiny lift motor runs up the edge of the ladder, and he makes a loop from his own belt, hooks it under my shoulders, and fixes the buckle to a hook.
In the end I choose the one in the middle, quite literally. In the middle of the line, middling in looks and size and age. Her name is Caliente; at least that’s the one she gives me. “I’m Sven,” I tell her. ” She looks embarrassed that I can ask so stupid a question in front of the other girls. “We have rooms,” she says. ” As she leads the way, I’m happy to follow, not least because Caliente’s hips are wide and her buttocks curved, and I can see enough light be- 5 2 DEATH’S HEAD tween her thighs as she climbs the steps to let me know what I’m getting.
He asks me about my tribe, then retreats and sulks for days at my answers. We fly, I tell him, among the stars and between the moons. A whole people are out there, their history written in those flickering lights that cross the sky each night. Many Sven, he says. I sigh. He understands sighing now, along with tears and nods and shakes of the head. In turn I can identify seven separate smells and a handful of his gestures. The laser knife has stopped being a weapon and become the means by which I communicate.
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