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The Beauty of Ignorance
The Innocence of Youth
I was young, I never wanted to kill anything. I didn't want to be
responsible for snuffing out a fiercely burning torch of
possibilities. Now, I no longer care.
The tall wild grass is a crisply waving sea of ocher, the beady kernels
mingling with floating motes of dust in an upward ascent driven by
the cool fall wind. I glance skywards. Long, shredded trains of
cumulonimbus clouds stretch across the sky. Serene. Placid. Utterly
deserted. This is where I found the body. I was only ten years old.
It didn't even look human. The long, narrow skull harbored large, curved
teeth, looking something like a cross between a Neanderthal and a
feral dog. The gangly mess of bleached bones was half-buried under
tendrils of white roots, the cloistered mass hidden within a writhing
mire of waist-high wild grass.
My mouth fell open in awe. The small hairs on my spine stood up. The
faintly burnt smell of the woods in autumn grew suddenly stagnant,
Eye Deep in Hell
A war hospital, Flanders.
France. March 1919.
“Any ID yet?”
“I think one of the
London Territorial Battalions. A bit hard to tell in his condition.”
“Still hasn't uttered a
word, I take it?”
“No. There are plenty
of these boys, though. The shell shock renders them mute. They just
drool and stare at the wall.”
“Pity. The war was
probably almost over when it happened. Where was he found again?”
“In a former no man's
land. Villagers noticed him stumbling aimlessly between the abandoned
“Where was he all that
time? The war ended months ago.”
“No clue. They said he
mumbled something. It was unintelligible, and he hasn't said a word
“What was it?”
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