Monday, April 29, 2013

Dead Rite chapter 143.14


Devious scowled. “I don't know what you mean.”

Harold picked up a fist-sized lump of magenta dough and began to fashion a heart. Despite his knowledge of anatomy, he fashioned it in the shape of a Valentine's day throw cushion, aware that it didn't need to be realistic. It didn't need to be there at all, but he hoped Dill appreciated the symbolism. “You're a traditionalist. Golems have never spoken so you believe they should never speak. You probably think I'd need to gather ten thousand foreskins before proposing to a woman.”

“Master, if you've gathered ten thousand foreskins the chances are a woman is the last thing you're interested in, sexually.”

“You're deliberately missing the point.” He picked up a paper clip and straightened it out, then used it as a stylus to begin inscribing the golem sigils. He'd seen enough of them to have the figures fixed in his memory now, but had to think hard about which to exclude to give Dill control over the automaton. “You're so bogged down by what is written in the Bible you can't see past it to the evolution of the species. I don't understand it, either. You cling on to rigid dogma and yet your own son is gay?”

“Gay?” Devious snorted. “Don't be ridiculous. Delirious isn't gay.”

“No, but John is. He's been having an affair with Wrack ever since Julie came on the scene.”

“Tch.” An imp's snort involved about a foot of snot which he licked carefully from his fingers. “They're just mates.” He finished the last rib and began to attach them into the spine. “There. We're ready to fill the chest cavity.”

“Don't forget the lungs.” Harold passed him the heart. “I insist.”

The imp sighed. “Well, if you put it like that.” He turned to his sons. “John? The golem needs to be able to blow.”

The smaller imp pursed his lips. “I'll get right on it.”

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