By Neil Gaiman
Fats Charlie Nancy's basic lifestyles ended the instant his father dropped lifeless on a Florida karaoke degree. Charlie didn't be aware of his dad was once a god. And he by no means knew he had a brother.
Now brother Spider's on his doorstep approximately to make fats Charlie's existence extra attention-grabbing . . . and much more harmful.
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Crovax opened his eyes. He was lying on the floor of a vast hall in twilight. He leaped to his feet, heart racing. What was this place? How did he get here? Suspended a few inches from his head was a black, spidery contraption studded with short spikes, shaped like a cupped hand. A silver, pearl-like object nestled within the "hand". At first he thought it was hard and glassy, but as he stared at it, the surface throbbed like a living thing. Crovax reached out for the strange object, but the hand whizzed away, retracting upward on a thin black cable with dizzying speed.
The silence was broken by a far-off whistling. Everyone in the delegation pricked up their ears. Ertai stood. The honor guard snapped to attention. " said Dorian breathlessly. Greven peered down the dim, cavernous hall. "Don't be an idiot. " Dorian sidled up to the towering warrior. " The trilling grew steadily louder. It didn't sound like a person whistling, more like a pipe or a tin whistle. " Ertai asked. "That sound is not Volrath," Greven replied. A voice filtered down, distorted and sourceless in the odd acoustics of the hall.
Crovax's dour face broke into a wide smile. The emptiness, the anguish inside him evaporated. He felt invigorated and strong. " "The life-force of a living creature. Every living thing contains it. Most creatures replenish their supply by eating common food and expend it through physical and emotional activity. Because you deny your natural role as a hunter and master of flesh beings, you expend your lifeforce needlessly, fueling useless emotions like pity, anguish, and regret. You have progressed beyond mortals, Crovax.
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