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.And the myths—of the Queen and the Sacred Core—would they have mattered to him? He didn’t know.He had had no hunger for myths.It confused him.And he could not banish from his mind the picture of Lestat bound in those mysterious chains.Memory wouldn’t leave him alone.It was the middle of winter when the sun doesn’t shine at all over the ice, when he realized that sleep had left him.And he would have no further peace.And so he rose from the cave, and began his long walk South through the snow, taking his time as he listened to the electric voices of the world below, not certain of where he would enter it again.The wind blew his long thick red hair; he pulled up his fur-lined collar over his mouth, and he wiped the ice from his eyebrows.His boots were soon wet, and so he stretched out his arms, summoning the Cloud Gift without words, and began his ascent so that he might travel low over the land, listening for others of his kind, hoping to find an old one like himself, someone who might welcome him.Weary of the Mind Gift and its random messages, he wanted to hear spoken words.2Several sunless days and nights of midwinter he traveled.But it didn’t take him long to hear the cry of another.It was a blood drinker older than he, and in a city that Thorne had known centuries before.In his nocturnal sleep he had never really forgotten this city.It had been a great market town with a fine cathedral.But on his long journey North so many years ago, he had found it suffering with the dreaded plague, and he had not believed it would endure.Indeed, it had seemed to Thorne that all the peoples of the world would die in that awful plague, so terrible had it been, so merciless.Once again, sharp memories tormented him.He saw and smelled the time of the pestilence when children wandered aimlessly without parents, and bodies had lain in heaps.The smell of rotting flesh had been everywhere.How could he explain to anyone the sorrow he had felt for humankind that such a disaster had befallen them?He didn’t want to see the cities and the towns die, though he himself was not of them.When he fed upon the infected he knew no infection himself.But he could not cure anyone.He had gone on North, thinking perhaps that all the wondrous things that humankind had done would be covered in snow or vine or the soft earth itself in final oblivion.But all had not died as he had then feared; indeed people of the town itself had survived, and their descendants lived still in the narrow cobbled medieval streets through which he walked, more soothed by the cleanliness here than he had ever dreamt he would be.Yes, it was good to be in this vital and orderly place.How solid and fine the old timber houses, yet the modern machines ticked and hummed within.He could feel and see the miracles that he had only glimpsed through the Mind Gift.The televisions were filled with colorful dreams.And people knew a safety from the snow and ice which his time had never given anyone.He wanted to know more of these wonders for himself, and that surprised him.He wanted to see railroad trains and ships.He wanted to see airplanes and cars.He wanted to see computers and wireless telephones.Maybe he could do it.Maybe he could take the time.He had not come to life again with any such goal, but then who said that he must hurry upon his errand? No one knew of his existence except perhaps this blood drinker who called to him, this blood drinker who so easily opened his own mind.Where was the blood drinker—the one he had heard only hours ago? He gave a long silent call, not revealing his name, but pledging only that he offered friendship.Quickly an answer came to him.With the Mind Gift he saw a blond-haired stranger.The creature sat in the back room of a special tavern, a place where blood drinkers often gathered.Come join me here.The direction was plain and Thorne hastened to go there.Over the last century he had heard the blood drinker voices speak of such havens.Vampire taverns, blood drinker bars, blood drinker clubs.They made up the Vampire Connection [ Pobierz całość w formacie PDF ]