You cant kill the goddess. For a moment he trembled on the edge of saying something more — of saying, It was never for you, Annie, or all the other people out there who sign their letters "Your number-one fan.
"He looked around, startled. I suppose this time itll make me feel dizzy and like puking, but Id like that little link with the past. The cop looked like a big doll that has been badly treated by a gang of nasty children. and if I give you what you want, you wont like it, and you wont want it anymore.
Ill say I only meant to take a short nap but I was so tired from working around the place that I slept all night. I dont even know if I like it.
That she would do that to him — that she could, when he had spent most of his adult life thinking the word writer was the most important definition of himself — made her seem utterly monstrous, something he must escape. Geoffrey thought the Wellington story was probably an exaggeration, but Old Shinny, as he and Tan had called him as boys, had see, Geoffrey through all his childhood illnesses, and Shinny had seemed a very old man to him, even then.