The Moon is Green

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Published: 1952
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,031 / 27 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.1
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 2,245
Added to site: 2009.08.11
mnybks.net#: 24965
Origin: gutenberg.org

Anybody who wanted to escape death could, by paying a very simple price--denial of life!

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y explosion of dust and a zing like that of the watch, only louder. A moment later it swung open wide and a puff of incredibly fresh air caressed her face and the inside of her nostrils, stinging her eyes with unanticipated tears.

The man outside balanced on the sill, crouching like a faun, head high, one elbow on knee. He was dressed in scarred, snug trousers and an old sweater.

"Is it tears I get for a welcome?" he mocked her gently in a musical voice. "Or are those only to greet God's own breath, the air?"

* * * * *

He swung down inside and now she could see he was tall. Turning, he snapped his fingers and called, "Come, puss."

A black cat with a twisted stump of a tail and feet like small boxing gloves and ears almost as big as rabbits' hopped clumsily in view. He lifted it down, gave it a pat. Then, nodding familiarly to Effie, he unstrapped a little pack from his back and laid it on the table.

She couldn't move. She even found it hard to breathe.

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Average Rating of 5 from 3 reviews: *****
2012.07.24
Kjerst
*****

What is life without beauty? Surviving locked away, a woman dreams of what is outside in a ravaged world. A beautiful and dark story

2012.07.16
Sardo Weems
*****

Nice and moody. Well-written.

2010.04.04
Leah A. Zeldes
*****

A sad little post-apocalyptic story about a woman's desperate longing for something beautiful.


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