By Alan Moore
Reprinting brief sci-fi tales by way of Moore that seemed in 2000AD.
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The rest were on the way. They wanted to know, and were terriﬁed. I didn’t look at them very closely. I might not have recognized them if I saw them on the street. I was tired, and the world was strange, seen from great distance. ‘‘Please,’’ the older man said. ’’ ‘‘We’ll know more in a few hours,’’ I replied. ‘‘She’s been shot in the head. ’’ It’s my stock phrase: Be prepared for the worst. Not so brutal as the literal truth, but they knew what I meant. ’’ ‘‘I don’t think so. There’s really nothing to operate on.
I put on a pair of gloves, walked over to her, and pulled the scalp up, letting the skin of her forehead dangle into her skull-case. And suddenly there ⅐ 21 ⅐ she was, the woman who had said ‘‘I want Pete,’’ the face which had looked so angry and alive out over the parking lot only a few hours before. Now I could have read anything there. ‘‘It must have been the Word,’’ the attending said, looking down at her, his face grim. For an instant he looked angry, vengeful. And there it was, blue-black, the full size of my thumb, held in the pathologist’s tweezers.
He was staying with us,’’ the father said. ‘‘He was John’s best friend. They were driving back from the lake. ’’ I nodded. John’s father looked up at me. ’’ he asked. He was perhaps forty, white, with long hair, tattoos on his arms, wearing a muscle shirt. As I led him back to the trauma room where Keith’s body lay, I saw that goosebumps had risen on his arms and legs and he was shaking. The room was clean, all of the earlier frenzy gone, blood mopped up, everything back in place. The nurses had covered Keith’s body with clean sheets so that only his face was visible, the clear plastic tube still sticking out of his mouth, and the amazing luxuriance of his hair.
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