By George R. R. Martin
In a crumbling urban on a loss of life planet, younger Annelyn has lived a lifetime of privilege. whilst he's humiliated by the hands of the artful groun hunter they name the Meatbringer, he and his high-born acquaintances plot revenge. yet Annelyn's plan is going desperately awry, top him deep into the city's ruins—and to the grotesque fact approximately his forebears' reverence for the mythic White Worm.
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He swung the membership once again, then went again to the door. the center bolt got here unfastened after 3 sharp knocks. the bottom shaft proved an phantasm; it disintegrated into flakes of fungus-eaten rust while Annelyn wrapped his palms round it. Frantic, he pounded on the size of steel among the brackets till it fell aside, and the door used to be unfastened. whatever bit him. He screamed and pulled on the handles, and so they got here unfastened in his palms, however the door moved just a fraction of an inch. Then he scrabbled madly together with his arms, tearing unfastened a nail, wedging his fingers into the narrow black crack until eventually he had buy. He might believe the monsters at the back of him. With all his energy, he pulled backward. The hinges screamed, the steel creaked, whereas fungus labored opposed to him to maintain the door close. however it moved, it moved! An inch, , then six without warning. That used to be sufficient for Annelyn. He flattened himself and held his breath and squeezed via, into the quiet darkish past. Then he threw himself to the ground, rolling persistently and thrashing up and down, until eventually the malicious program that had clung to him was once just a slimy paste that lined his outfits. while he obtained up, he struck a fit. He didn't glance again on the crimson hell past the slender commencing he had pressured. He was once in a truly small chamber, sturdy steel, around, darkish. prior to him was once one other door, additionally of steel, and around. In its middle was once a wheel. His fit went out. Fungus nonetheless hung from his besoiled clothing and his tremendous blond hair, and extra was once scattered at the flooring, sparkling dimly. Annelyn pulled on the wheel. not anything. He attempted turning it, however it wouldn't flow. Beside it used to be a steel bar, in a slit. That refused to maneuver additionally, till he placed all his weight on it and compelled it down. Then he may well flip the wheel, notwithstanding it spun slowly and with trouble. Annelyn used to be soaking wet in sweat, and the steel was once wet with the wetness of his fingers. however it used to be no longer rusted, he abruptly learned. It used to be darkish and robust and funky, like anything newly pulled from the forges of the bronze knights. Hissing all of sudden all started, throughout him. He stopped, startled, and appeared over his shoulder, yet not one of the eaterworms had but squeezed via, so he went again to the wheel. whilst it should flip not more, he pulled, and the door swung easily outward on its large hinges. The hissing grew louder, and Annelyn was once buffeted by means of an incredible gush of wet air, speeding ahead from in the back of him. Then he was once via, pulling the door close. It used to be pitch darkish back; the little fungus fragments that held on him grew to become worms’ eyes within the blackness. yet higher this than hazard the chamber of the eaterworms back. His suits back. The fit field rattled despairingly whilst Annelyn shook it. He counted the remainder fits by means of feeling together with his arms. A dozen left, if that; his arms stored wasting tune, and he may need counted an identical fit two times. He selected one, thankful for its short mild. He used to be status below a foot from a groun. Annelyn moved, backward, in a jump. there has been no sound. He got here ahead back, conserving the flame sooner than him like a weapon.