Sneak Peek from Karma #5 – LAST WALK
Here is a little taste from the beginning of the fifth and final part of the Karma series. I’m so excited about the ending to this story!
It should be available within the first half of October. After that, I’ll put the entire series together under the title “Karma, Collected,” and publish it in print as well as electronically.
Get ready for the final word on just what happened to this character who fell off the page… until now.
“Every man’s memory is his private literature.”
― Aldous Huxley
“I want to go out.” I am calm as I say it, standing just outside the Sheriff’s office, looking her in the eye.
I know that I am on camera, but there seems no need for drama, since the very act of speaking those words renders my sentence final. As I repeat the statement, I feel a certain peace. The peace of completion.
“I want to go Outside,” I say, and I remember my old friend Andy, whose innocent attempt to explore the world we once knew earned him death, eternally visible on the wallscreen. If I turn around and go into the teeming cafeteria, I will still see the remains of his body lying dessicated on the lifeless ground.
People have gathered around us, listening and watching. There are quiet murmurings and shocked intakes of breath.
I see the pain on the Sheriff’s face. She is a good woman, and she will not be happy to escort me to my certain death.
There is no pain for me. Only sweet serenity, and anticipation. Finally, I am completing the circle that began when Grace, decades ago, took my place and went out to Clean in my stead. She told me then that it was not yet my time. But now it is.
Let them think the old woman has gone mad. Even a madwoman must be sent out to Clean, according to the rules.
And they always follow the rules.
I laugh, and turn to face the gathered crowd. I say it again, for the power, the freedom, the simplicity. The wonder.
“I want to go Outside.”
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