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Thus, birds inducted the Alchymist into the society of martyrs.

His owl glamour melted. Birds feasted on joints of flesh.

Clever fled. She ran madly and without thought to the mill, inside, to where her brother and sister rubbed their eyes, having been awakened by the Golden Bird. 
She grasped their hands, jerked them upright, pulled them stumbling after her, across beaten ground, onto green, toward the footbridge.

The Golden Bird cried, “Look not! Look not!” 

By the groaning wheel a crush of avian bodies roiled and beat. An aura of loose feathers lofted above. Feathers of all sizes and colors — soft, suspended — each one gamboling inside its own puff of air. 


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Clever’s Road 49: GB0104