Spring 1989 • Vol. XI No. 2 Fiction |

Awkward Angels

This is a place where the horses of the night run softly, softly. In the morning the undersides of the clouds look like delicate gray membranes. The sun shines through like a pearl, like a dream of being suddenly and undeservedly rich, like waking up to find your name in Who's Who followed by a list of esoteric works you never wrote. That nobody ever wrote, because they're about the subtle charms of mu-mesons, the songs of the quasars, the tremulous frangible colors of high-energy particles. Cheap magic, that's all it is. Sand and sea and that silky gray fog that breathes out over the south coast at night and is burned away by noon. It makes people feel things they don't want to feel; it leads them into the temptations of charm and violence. "Do you know what I just dreamed?" I ask Daphne. She looks gentle, sleepy, a little foolish maybe, lying beside me in the motel bed. Without the smoky gold-rimmed glasses she wears for daytime, her eyes are defenseless. Last night in

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