By Margo Lanagan
As a part of a public execution, a tender boy forlornly is helping to sing his sister down. . . . A servant learns approximately grace and loyalty from a mistress who could quite dance with Gypsies than sit down on her throne. . . . A terrifying come upon with a demonic angel offers a tender guy the power he must cut loose of his oppressor. . . . On a bleak and dreary afternoon a gleeful capturing spree ends up in tragedy for a determined clown not able to flee his fate.In every one of Margo Lanagan's ten impressive tales, human frailty is placed to the try out by means of the implacable forces of darkish and lightweight, guy and beast. black juice deals glimpses into customary, shadowy worlds that push the bounds of the spirit and go away the brain haunted with the information that black juice runs via us all.
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I hold my breath as she comes around to him. I watch for the slight change of his rhythm that will mean he has gone for his dagger. She will slump to the ground; the whole spellbound lot of them will fall into disarray, the music will go on for a little, until fiddler and drummer see the confusion and stumble in their rhythm and stop, and then it’ll be all blood and horror, with Mullord in the centre, dealing out the punishment they so richly deserve. She comes to him. She twirls. She passes on.
You’re coming down to me,’ said Fel, pleased. ’ Around midafternoon, Ikky couldn’t move her arms any more and had a panic, just quiet, not so the bank-people would’ve noticed. ’ she said. ‘When it comes up over my face? ’ ‘Don’t you worry. ’ And Mumma cooled her hands in the ice, dried them on her dress, and rubbed them over Ik’s shoulders, down Ik’s arms to where the tar had locked her wrists. ‘You better not give me any teas, or herbs, or anything,’ said Ik. ‘They’ll get you, too, if you help me.
His hands don’t clench; his jaw is not set with rage. What is the man made of, that he can have such outrage before his eyes and be calm? That he can watch his own wife cavort with the rubbish of the earth and keep his temper? More astounding still, that he can smile! I stare at him. Yes, it’s true! It’s not just fire-flicker tweaking his mouth, but—what? Mirth? Joy? I hunt and hunt for wryness or bitterness in his face, for poison, for grief. I find none. He might be watching the children’s tourney on Midsummer Eve, benign—charmed even.
Black Juice by Margo Lanagan