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Torn Curtain Pt 60

Part 60: Run


As soon as she heard the words, she looked up to find that Lieutenant Groves had run through the doors of the house and was continuing to run toward them. Mr. Turner, in addition to shouting, was making wild gestures in the direction of the large body of water that was but a short distance behind all of them.

“Listen to him!” he called over his shoulders to the Commodore, Mrs. Turner, and Mr. Quincy. “The house is going to blow apart!”

She suddenly felt lifted by her shoulders as both Marianne and Gillette started running beside her. She looked behind her to see not only that it was Lieutenant Groves that had lifted her from the ground, but that the trio that had previously been standing beside the house, too, were running toward the ocean.

“Mrs. Fletchley, run!”

It had been the Commodore who had spoken--- and it had sounded like the strictest of orders to the woman who had, seemingly, appeared out of nowhere. When Margaret turned back once more, she was dumbfounded to see that the woman still seemed hesitant.

“Miss Winters has run into the house,” she called behind them.

Margaret watched as Mr. Quincy left Mrs. Turner and the Commodore to run toward Mrs. Fletchley. Mr. Quincy took hold of the woman’s hand and pulled her until she, too, started running.

As the party reached the water, they all turned to watch in amazement as every window on the first floor of the house was pushed out by thick arms of fire. At the sight of it, it occurred to Margaret that, just minutes before, she had almost entered the house. Suddenly, her head began to feel very light. This was followed by a fogginess, and the world around her went black.

Author's Note:

Feeling a bit awful tonight. What that means for this piece is that there might be a delay in the posting of part 62.

Apologies. It would seem that Life felt that it should give me a sound beating to remind me that there are a great many similarities between myself and the character Mr. Quincy.

If you're still reading, just hang on for a bit.

As always, I appreciate all types of feedback and concrit.


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Jul. 29th, 2007 04:11 am (UTC)
To be honest, it took me a minute to realize that the "her" was Margaret ^^;;

Still, this was as exciting as the others, and Margaret's fainting at the end bespoke of reality, as it was caused by her realization that she might have been dead at that moment

Silly Life; I thought it had learned to be obedient?
Hope whatever it's throwing at you isn't anything horrible, and if it is, that you get through it smoothly. Sorry to hear you're feeling badly :(
Jul. 29th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
I don't know why, but I like surprising people with the point-of-view.

Glad to know that this was as exciting as intended.

It's my perpetual quarter-life crisis... I don't know how much of the non-sequence fics you've read, but my life is beginning to mirror Samuel Quincy's. (I'm beginning to think that all the inspiration I've had in filling up the holes of his life-- he was an actual historical figure-- was a premonition.)

Thank you for the kind thoughts. And thank you double for enjoying these chapters.
Jul. 29th, 2007 05:41 am (UTC)
Ah, no I haven't read the non-sequential fics.
I'll get on that X3

Haha, yes I can see how surprising people might be fun, so long as it doesn't completely throw them off XD

Premonition's are cool, as long as they're not of something horrible I suppose...
How odd though, to be so...in-tune (?) with a real dead person.

You are, er...doubly welcome ^_^
Jul. 29th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)
Start with this one:


Written over a year ago. I jumped the gun on the ending-- but it doesn't really give away anything you don't already know. (And it doesn't tell the whole story.)

(As for your assessment of the curtain symbolism, I inserted the ellipse because, as an almost HS English teacher, I'd rather not dictate a meaning. If your English teachers are/were any good, they'll tell you that most of these things are always up for interpretation-- provided there is textual support. /dorkiness.)

Jul. 29th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
Right then--there shall I start.

(I see. I've always understood that there can be many meanings to a symbol, or title that is not outrightly explained, but the author usually has a specific idea in their own mind, so I thought perhaps you were nudging towards my having guessed the meaning you intended?

I dunno. I'm a nincumpoop, so feel free to ignore my blatherings XD)
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