By Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris' robust imaginative and prescient of a close to destiny the place 'outside' is something of the past.

This tale is taken from the gathering, Beacons: tales For Our no longer So far-off destiny, which demanding situations celebrated writers to contemplate the weather challenge. All writer royalties could be donated to the cease weather Chaos Coalition.

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Because in the final account, nothing like that can be seen in a book. The writing is uniform in some way, tempered. Nothing more happens in such a book, once it’s finished and published. And it rejoins the indecipherable innocence of its coming into the world. To be alone with the as yet unwritten book is still to be in the primal sleep of humanity. That’s it. It also means being alone with the writing that is still lying fallow. It means trying not to die. It means being alone in a shelter during the war.

Just as during the war, whenever I met a German in the street I thought of his murder committed by me, invented by me, perfected; of the colossal happiness of a German corpse, killed by me. It’s also good if writing leads to that, to that fly—in its death agony, I mean: to write the horror of writing. The exact moment of death, recorded, already rendered it inaccessible. It conferred an overall importance on it— call it a specific place in the general map of life on Earth. 31 / WRITING This precision of the moment at which it died meant that the fly had a secret funeral.

Its life must have ended. I stayed where I was to watch some more. The fly remained stuck to the wall as I had seen it, as if sealed to itself. I was mistaken: it was still alive. I stayed some more to watch, in hopes that it would start to hope again, to live. 29 / WRITING My presence made that death even more horrible. I knew it, and still I remained. To see, see how that death would progressively invade the fly. And also to try to see where that death had come from. From outside, or from the thickness of the wall, or from the ground.

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