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There was a wink, a tiny flash too dull to be called bright, every now and again from its forepart, as a ray from some star high overhead struck some glistening or liquefied beadlike area receptive to light. Its advance was irregular, with the irregularity of stealth. It would undulate quickly, covertly, forward; so quickly the ripple it made seemed almost an optical illusion. Then it would stop short, seem lifeless, nothing but a shadow, gathering itself for the next treacherous little creep. Even while she looked, eyes huge with brain-turning horror, she saw its tail, its slender ropelike after appendage, give a little flirt upward, a twitch, then flatten again.
The car door cracked tentatively open, while he still remained in the seat. Probably one leg out. " It was all blurred vowel sounds, she couldn't articulate consonants any more, but there were enough vowels to carry the burden of the message, to at least _hold_ him there. A leather sole hit stone. The car door cracked a second time--but in token of egress. Saved! He said an inane thing. " But oh, the sound of his voice alone, it held the wisdom of the ages in it, it was so welcome to her. "I'm alone in here.
The girl descended right after her. "I'm coming, too. " 33 Marta started to protest that it wasn't necessary, she would do it for her, but Conchita had already taken the lead, was moving slowly up the main aisle of display, looking about her, assailed from either side by an advancing barrage of shrill, wheedling, poetic, and personally flattering cries that kept pace with her, to die out again forlornly behind her as she passed out of reach into the next vendor's jurisdiction. Hands reached for her, tugged importunately at her clothing.