Rohan Quine, “Apricot Eyes” – chapter 6 “Ten screens of eyes in the neon” – second sample – video
He halts and stares, twanging with a shocked self-recognition. Straightaway, a section of every screen—the section where the eyes of that churning and terrifying shape would have been if the picture were less abstract—becomes not just fully figurative but even photo-realistic, as his recognition, unforeseeable by him or me, reaches out and grabs my sight and makes of our connection a conduit so clear that for one long moment ten pairs of Scorpio eyes stare down at him, pin him to the pavement, enter him and peered around his mind.
Raped by his own gaze, he shivers, looks away, then back again defiantly at me, through the screens; but I’ve turned the heat down for a moment, so those Scorpio eyes melt back into the surrounding blackness of the shape that quivers snarling on the backdrop of the neon swirl.
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