Jacaranda: A Novella of the Clockwork Century by Cherie Priest

By Cherie Priest

The Ranger
On the island of Galveston, off the coast of southeast Texas, lies a lodge known as the Jacaranda. In its unmarried 12 months of operation, dozen humans have died there. The locals say it’s cursed. The Rangers say that’s nonsense, yet they understand a guy who may be prepared to enquire. Horatio Korman crosses the water from the mainland, and hopes for the best.

The Nun
But the our bodies pile up, and a typhoon is brewing up quick. one of many Jacaranda’s visitors sees time working out, so she seeks an expert of a distinct variety: a clergyman from El Huizache who's sturdy at fixing difficulties and maintaining secrets and techniques. Eileen Callahan has an issue to unravel, and a mystery to maintain. She crosses her palms, and sends a message that may shop them all.

The Padre
Juan Miguel Quintero Rios broke a promise to the Virgin, and so he was once punished…but his intentions have been natural, so he was once additionally blessed. Now he walks the southwest with moment sight and a tattoo throughout his again: Deo, non Fortuna—By God, now not likelihood. the previous gunslinger crosses himself, and makes for the Jacaranda lodge.

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That's the best we can do. P E A S A NT W O M A N : What'll the priest do with him? He needs a mother. There, he's waking up. Don't you think we could keep him, though? P E A S A NT {shouting}: No! P E A S ANT W O M A N : The Caucasian Chalk Circle I 35 I could lay him in the corner by the arm­ chair. All I need is a crib. I can take him into the fields with me. See him laughing? Husband, we have a roof over our heads. We can do it. Not another word out of you! P E A S A N T WO M A N : She carries the C H I L D into the house.

T H E S I N G E R: A very old one. It's called The Chalk Circle and comes from the Chinese. But we'll do it, of course, in a changed version. Comrades, we hope you'll find that old po­ etry can sound well in the shadow of new tractors. It may be a mistake to mix different wines but old and new wisdom mix admirably. Do we get something to eat before the per­ formance? V O I C E S : Of course. Everyone into the Club House! D E L E G AT E : While everyone begins to move, D E L E G AT E turns to G I RL T RA C T O R I S T .

All one hears is: "You neglect yo ur duty! } Go to hell! } S E C O ND D O C T O R : Enter the soldier, for G R U S H A . SIM ON S H A S H AVA . He searches in the crowd Grusha! There you are at last! What are you going to do? Nothing. If worst comes to worst, I 've a brother in the mountains. How about you? s 1 M oN: Forget about me. (Formally again:) Grusha Vashnadze, your wish to know my plans fills me with satisfaction. I 've been ordered to accompany Madam Abashwili as her guard. G R U S H A : But hasn't the Palace Guard mutinied?

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