Rohan Quine, “Hallucination in Hong Kong” – chapter 3 “Oh, my Angel” – third sample – video
One thing I had not foreseen: being unable to face forward without toppling back, I shall have no chance, until I have shattered the glass, to make out any more than an empty corner of your room—from the rest of which I know I must be all too visible, framed here as if on television.
My right arm is trembling.
I raise my left fist carefully behind me and launch it forward as hard as possible. The pane explodes; glinting shards hit the sink with a clatter that is deafening and somehow unreal. I grip the sill on your side, to steady myself … and look.
I jolt, for there’s a shock: you are alone and still on your bench, but have been turned around to face me. Discoloured pin-pricks of light from your eyes transfix me, accusatory. I look away but feel them on me still. I narrow my eyes and frown at the nauseating orange all around me. The light in here is worse than ever, like a bad dream: grainy, clotted, teeming, sick, and seeming now to worsen by the minute. If you are in there, it must have turned you mad. On the ceiling, out above a point beside the bench, towards the door—a convex disc.
No sound, but the dripping of a tap.
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