By Emmanuel Hocquard

At 40, Adam, an highbrow and author "who comes from the opposite facet of the ocean," and who's steeped within the trust that he's the final of his line, reveals himself--dreams himself--in the US. The promised land's present to him is Aerea, younger, radiant, an enchantress, basically not possible: their event is short-lived. phrases, she tells Adam, are the concern that stands within the approach. And scarcely has Aerea seemed in his existence than she has walked out of it.

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And in my desires, Aerea leaves me back. sixty nine AEREA within the FORESTS OF long island "It's a stay present," June stated, placing the brown paper bag down in entrance of me. during the extensive open home windows, the noise and light-weight of Columbus street invaded the room. The morning was once sunny and the temperature used to be gentle for the tip of December. one of the leafless bushes, the large crimson stone of the Museum of usual heritage blocked the view of significant Park. I carefully drew the little Savanna Cypress out of the brown paper bag and set it on a rectangu1ar plate coated with a layer of damp gravel. "Adam, this tree is 9 years outdated. it could reside 200 years and stay a similar dimension. yet with out the right kind care, it may additionally die in 4 days. " June's voice used to be calm, caressing. In its darkish earthenware pot, my dwarf cypress unfold its eco-friendly leaves an inch or above the clump of mossy earth during which its roots have been imprisoned. The pears have been small. They tasted of wax. yet they have been clelicately swollen, delicate and tender to touch. I accrued them one after the other one of the irises. Perched within the pear tree, Mede made them fall at my ft through shaking the branches. I cherished to carry them in my small fingers, simply as I beloved 70 HALOES AND GLORIES their eco-friendly, pink, and yellow shades. i used to be acutely aware, notwithstanding nonetheless a bit confusedly, of the kindness proven me by means of the outdated guy wearing his white jellaba; it used to be for me that he had climbed up into his fruit tree. "Adam," stated Aerea in shock, "I do not comprehend your aversion to fruit. " "My friend," Sokrat stated to me as we have been crossing the Galata bridge towards the Egyptian Bazaar, "instead of a center and a soul, you may have 3 sections of reflect. it appears a real soul hasn't ever vibrated in you. Do you also have a lifetime of your individual? " at the present time, I pass over his deep, harsh voice, as I additionally omit his sharp, kindly reflections. Why did I come again? Why to this actual house, positioned in the back of the Museum of typical heritage, above the peaceable eating place the place we so usually got here to have dinner via candlelight, Aerea and that i, surrounded through mirrors and mountain climbing crops? Why did I holiday the silence that seventy one AEREA within the FORESTS OF MANHATT AN was once commencing to fall once more over the forests of long island? "I shouldn't have idea you have been able to working so simply. " a slightly of admiration will be heard in the back of the irony in Aerea's voice. We had simply complete working round the Reservoir a 3rd time and had thrown ourselves, breathless, onto a grassy slope. The noise of the site visitors on significant Park West got here to us during the branches; past the latticework of the tall chain hyperlink fence, the night breeze erased all reflections from the skin of the water. i've got continually been an outstanding runner: even if my wind is starting to move, my middle nonetheless beats slowly. on the foot of the fragrant eucalyptus, the stone steps rose in degrees in the course of the curved, silent house of the stadium, empty at sundown. After a primary lap round the tune, progressively accelerating my velocity, my mild toes rebounding from the effective crimson gravel, my complete physique having turn into an ideal mechanism, a gyrating most sensible set spinning upon the rim of a crystal bowl, in a position to turning a long time with no fatigue, drawing the strength it wanted from its uniform circulation, I watched as if from a distance, with the calm, proud detachment of an skilled mechanic, the slightest vibration of my younger organs, the usual panting of my breathing, and that i may run like this within the abandoned stadium until eventually a fragile fog composed of millions of issues of sunshine shaped ahead of my eyes and my veins tingled delicately, caution seventy two HALOES AND GLORIES me of drawing close hazard.

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