Rohan Quine, “Apricot Eyes” – chapter 7 “Phaon and the second like a teardrop” – second sample – video
Dancing, he begins to spin, just beside the precipice. Inching ever closer to the edge, he gathers speed, so his big brown eyes through the whirl and streak of hands and arms flash toward the band like the wink of a lighthouse. Long-lashed brown light, half-lidded, self-tranced, smiling inside, sweeps over the watchers every two seconds, one second, half-second, less… Red light peeks through the strands of his hair where it streams out long across the width of the sun’s orb, half-sunk now beyond the marches of the city.
His slender frame is sharpened by the dusk to a silhouette, and now the moment comes (though he surely cannot know it), the moment in a life when such perfection is attained that a single fleeting second lodges, swells like a teardrop, gathers weight and falls away, sideways through the centuries—to land here, as lightning earths, captured and framed perhaps awhile, perhaps longer.
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