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He felt his useless torso slumping forward as the figure approached. The stilled terror within him leaped up once more, then was transformed in an instant into something else, a new emotion, hard to encompass. Sadness, perhaps, broad and profound, but that too was transitory, for sadness melted into wonder, wonder into understanding, then all was light. 2 A ndreas clutched the narrow armrests and prayed for the earth to leap up and catch him. The plane seemed to have dropped out from underneath, sucking his internal organs along with it and leaving the empty shell of his body floating in the ether.

They did some tests. They say I may go home soon. ” Andreas nearly fell into the hard chair. He unbuttoned his coat and put his hat in his lap. “That’s great news,” Matthew answered. ” “A little. ” “But in that case, shouldn’t they go on with the therapy? ” “It might. ” Alex spoke without anger. Profound weariness seemed to be the controlling tone in his voice. “Anyway, I can’t take any more of the therapy now. I need a rest. ” “Of course not,” Andreas insisted. ” THE ICON 41 “Well now. I think you may be the one who needs a rest, old man.

The wedge soon revealed itself as a robe wrapped about the torso and head of a woman. Her forearms were raised before her chest, her long hands raised in THE ICON 53 prayerful supplication. The shape of her hood could be made out clearly, but the details of her face were murky. Except for the eyes. The eyes drew you in, and Matthew realized that he had walked more than halfway across the chamber without any awareness of moving. Not even the photograph had prepared him for these eyes floating within that cowl.

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