“Her head sagged downward and she lost consciousness, then came to again and stared out at the waves. She muttered a few words, one of which might have been ‘remote’ or ‘demote’ and another that might have been ‘hatching’ or ‘watching.’ But I could not be sure.”
“This was one of the consequences of the civil war. People stopped trusting each other, and every stranger became an enemy. Even people who knew you became extremely careful about how they related or spoke to you.”
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