Frayed by Tom Piccirilli

By Tom Piccirilli

Are you the person who helped him kill the angel?
Twenty years of repressed anger and stories. A sour knot of hatred that binds and divides acquaintances. The darkish mystery that fuels and devastates them both.
He killed it. I in simple terms helped him to bury it.
Eddie's doing his top to get via, yet each day the nice struggle simply will get more durable. And now there's a brand new burden to shoulder. grey - his ally and nemesis in literature, romance, and lifestyles - has landed in a extraordinary psychological sanatorium, identified for its radical remedies, simply because grey couldn't undergo the burden of an unspeakable trauma.
The final time they met, grey nearly killed Eddie, however it turns out that every one is eventually forgiven. this night, there's a wild hootenanny up at Gray's house.
The nuthouse.
And Eddie's invited.

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She felt caged among postdoc fellows who treated her like a little sister, jailbait, or a comrade in their own weirdness. Town kids her own age seemed alien. She could explain string theory, but not freak-dance or snowboard or apply mascara. It wasn’t for lack of trying. With ruthless precision, she had speed-readCosmo andTalk, gotten pierced and cornbraided, and memorized the cultural hot buttons. But none of it took. The pop lyrics made no sense to her, the clothes didn’t fit. Surfing for soul mates, she found only repetitious e-sex.

In many ways Paul Abbot was an actor. Besides playing kingmaker to scientists and sorcerer to politicians, he performed a bit role as her father. Not one of his best performances. She turned. He was standing on the upper rim. His Burberry was unbuttoned. It hung like a cloak from his broad shoulders. He looked leonine. There was no telling how long he’d been waiting in the shadows. He was not out of breath. There was no mud on his tweed slacks. That meant he had not taken the trail. They must have unlocked the gate and driven him up the old fire road.

Too late, she learned that in frogs the sperm and egg cells first form in the stomach, then travel to the gonads for storage. Inadvertently she’d taken the nucleus from a sperm cell. In short, she’d fertilized her own egg. Technically, Winston was not a true clone, but a monstrous child teased together with micropipettes and glass bell jars and a customized mix of amino acids. “A chimera,” he said. “You’ve crossed the species barrier. ” The Old Testament reproach, she’d expected. But there was something else in his voice.

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