By Ray Bradbury
Halloween evening, 1954. a tender, film-obsessed scriptwriter has simply been employed at one of many nice studios. An nameless research leads from the enormous Maximus motion pictures backlot to an eerie graveyard separated from the studio by way of a unmarried wall. There he makes a terrifying discovery that thrusts him right into a maelstrom of intrigue and mystery—and into the dizzy excitement of the motion picture on the peak of its glittering strength.
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This war had changed us all, and not always for the worse. ’ Homer asked. Suddenly, at this simple question, Kevin seemed to fall apart. His face crumpled and for a minute he couldn’t get his words out. Fi gripped his hand tighter and I patted his back. He hardly needed to say anything; he’d already answered the question. ‘Sorry,’ he stammered. ’ Robyn asked gently. Kevin just nodded. ‘They’re OK as long as you do what they say. ’ I was thinking again of how badly Kevin had been beaten up when he arrived at Wirrawee Hospital with Corrie.
I had a horrible sick awareness that it was probably going to be perfect. But there was one big problem: Lee was going to try to strangle this guy with a belt while the guy stood there holding a gun. It was probably the bravest, stupidest thing I’d ever seen anyone try to do. I knew I had to help. The soldier was losing his temper fast. ’ he shouted at Kevin. ‘You bad boy! ’ Kevin looked terrified. He had seen Lee moving up behind the soldier and I don’t know who he was more scared of: Lee or the soldier.
I did hear Fi sobbing behind me and I ignored her because I needed all my energy for myself. I didn’t dare spend it on anyone else. As one o’clock approached I kept gazing greedily at my watch. It was just luminous enough to give a reading. I thought that if I could make it to one o’clock something special might happen. Nothing did. My boots started squelching as the waterproofing began to fail. I tried singing ‘Ten thousand green bottles’ in my head but got bored with it. At some point Robyn tried to get everyone singing: she did a solo of ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’, which was too depressing, then a solo of ‘Smoke Curls up Around the Old Gum Tree Trunk’, then she started ‘Not for the First Time’, then she gave up.
A Graveyard for Lunatics: Another Tale of Two Cities by Ray Bradbury