Carnages by Maxime Chattam

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They would be an entity apart, the river plantation aristocracy that still bloomed, whole and perfect, in his mind. His sons would ride and hunt with the sons of these men, and dance with their daughters at the great hunt balls, and follow their peers into the Citadel or, perhaps, Clemson. Emily would move gracefully into some small, select girls’ school, possibly Charlotte Hall, and would come out at the Christmas season with her beautiful young friends, and marry, eventually, a young man whose family name was to be seen on street signs and public buildings and the myriad, tasteful bronze plaques on the 22 Anne Rivers Siddons old doors along Broad Street.

I’d of got somebody to come over there, or asked Jenny. ” “I guess he forgot,” Emily said. “He ain’t gon’ forget again after I get hold of him,” Cleta S W E E T WAT E R C R E E K 47 said hotly. “You scared over there, baby? I really think you be all right, with them security lights and the dogs. I be over there first thing in the morning. Tijuan’s cousin Esther comin’ to get the babies and take ’em home with her. ” “Oh, well, no, I’m not scared,” Emily said. “Only ol’ Kenny Rouse is over here sittin’ on his truck and he won’t go home, and he’s been here since noon.

The silence spun out again, as palpable as the dust motes in the slanting afternoon sunshine. ” Emily whispered finally, around the lump of ice in her chest. “Where’s Mr. ” “Mr. Thing has gone home to quote, think it over,” Carter said. ” He gestured at the shining decanter of sherry and pierced silver platter of warm benné biscuits. ” S W E E T WAT E R C R E E K 31 “Carter . ” Emily began, desperately. “Elvis wouldn’t hunt,” her brother said briefly. The muscles beside his mouth twitched. “He did it all perfectly.

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