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Mago la ascension
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Standing
up against the
railing
of
the
wind-swept bridge, Mark
felt
a mo-ment of
unease.
While
he
knewintellectually
that
he wasn't
likely
to
suddenlyslip—vaultingover the old
wooden
rails
and
plummeting into
the
river gorge below
the
all-loo-
human
nervousness
with
dizzying
heighlssettledinlohissiomach.Ilwasn'lsomuch
thejaggedslonesorthewhiiewater
that
troubled
him as it was
the
perspective.
Down
seemed likesuch
a
terrifying
idea
especially
an
uncon-
trolled
descent.
He
wondered idly what
the
famous
"suddenslop"
really
fell
like
before
lug-
ging
his
coat more lightly around himself
and
turning
away.
.'?
!%>
^
'-^:
».„'••
'"•
"':^
,.
"
?"
^J^M
"Boo,"
came
a
young voice
from
just
Bff
to
Mark's
left.
He
twitched
slightly
but
managed
to
keep
himself
from
jumping
;
"Could
you
make
a little
more noise
next
lime,
please?"
Mark
grumbled."I
don't
relish
fall-
ing
off
a
bridge
and plummeting
to
my
demisebecause
of an
unexpected
surprise, love."
Lee
Ann
shrugged
her
bare shoulders,
her
hands
in the
pockets
of her
shorts.
Mark
idlywondered
at
why
she
didn'l
wear
more
on
such acold
day,
but
then,
his
own
Paradoxical curse
of
chills
kept
him
from
judging
temperatures
very
accurately
in any
case.
Lee
Ann
quirked
a
smile
as
she
swaggered
to the
railing next
to him and
replied,
"I'm sure
that
if you
did, you'd
just fly
away
with
one of
your
invocations."
Mark
leaned
briefly
against the
rails, whichemitted
an
unhappy groan.
He
quickly thought
betterofii,siraighlenedandsimplysholLeeAnn
a
deadpan look.
"Looking
into
the
Abyss?"
Lee Ann
queried
after
a
moment.
f
Mark
glanced back toward
the
gorge
and an-
swered,
"More
literally,
less
metaphorically."
He
took a
moment
to
brush
his hair,
which
had be-
come unruly again.
PRELUDE:
fiVADING
HfflX
 
Lee
Ann leaned
againstthe
railing
without
acare. She
glanced
down
at
the
gorge,
then cocked
herhead
to one
side
and
regarded
Mark
with
a
grin.
"So,
you
gonna
lo
tellme how
business
is
going
on your
end,
or are you
just
gonna
gawk
for
a
while?"
L
Letting
out a heavy
sigh,
Mark
shifted
inplace
and
commented,
"Right,
business as
usual.
Some
days
I
wonder
whyI gel
out
of
bed.
Then I
realize
that it's
because
I
don't
have
a
normal
job
like
other
people.
Anyway,.,""
He
pulled
a|
somewhat
crumpled
cigarette
from
his
pack
and
lit
it.
After
taking
a
quick
drag, he
contin-
ued, "Getting
sporadic reports
from
all
over
the
placeaboutpeoplepullinglogether.Not
always
easily
or
well,
mind
you,
but
things
are startinglo
turn
around.
A
cabal
in
Rio de
Janeiro
man-
aged
to
help
stem
the
tide
of an imminent
outbreak
of
disease;
they
stayed
together
after-
ward
to
swap
ideas
during
clean-up. San
Francisco's pretty under
wraps,
as you'd
expect,
with
Hollow
Ones
and
Tradition
members
keeping
the
city's
spirit
alive
literally.
Seems
the
cily
spirits
are in
some
turmoil'bout
some
sort
of
impending
Invasion,'
thoughnobody
knows
what.
London's
got someunderground
Hermetic
strength on
the
rise,
pulling together
from
old
stockpiles
of
information
and
even,
according
to
one account,
duking
it
out
with
a
liche and
coming away
bloody but
unbowed.
S'like
after
the
initial
shock
wore
off,
our
kindshook the
sleep
out
of
their
eyes
and got
busy."
Lee
Ann
quirked
a
skeptical
eyebrow,
then
tersely
said,
"So
what's
the bad news?
Surely
we
don'l
have
to plot
and
scheme
on
rickety
bridges
if
everything'sgoing all
right."
%
Cigarette
dangling
from
his
lip,
Mark
in-
toned,
"Too
many bad
signs,
You
know
about
all
those prophecies being
fulfilled — heck, you
clued me
into
half
of 'em. I'm
kindaworriedabout
getting
foooptimislic.
I
don't
wannasee us
take
abeating
because
of
overconfidence."
He
coughed once.
"Any
specifics?"
Lee Ann
pressed. She
squinted, as if lo
scrutinize
Mark
closely.
'
"
Jv
••,•:"
•/:•
'
.:^;
;
>'-
"Well..." he
hesitated.
"I'm
most
concerned
over
that
stanza
in the
so-called
Prophecy of
the
Phoenix,
really.
The
age
of
Earth is
at
an
end,
the
age
of
Fire
is at
hand.'
teah,
it
fits
the prophecy
standards
forannoying
y
vague. Still,it can
mean
a lot of things, butmostof
them
Ithink
would
be pretty
bad."
"Pays to
be
careful,"
Lee Ann
opined.
"I've
done a
little
looking
myself,
and
portentsaren'tgood.
The
future's
really muddy
andthere'ssome
sort
of...
wall,
I
guess...
blocking
sight. It's al-
most
like
it's
moving,
but
it's
settling.
Making
it
impossible
to
really
see
the outcome
of
any
thingbeyond a
certain point.
I've
seen
the
restructur-
ing of the
Traditions,
but it
doesn't
make
much
sense
a
man
with
no
face,
j
us
t
a
ball
of
shining
light, and
a
woman
who
has
a
round
shield and
a
spear.
Symbolic,
you
know?
Idon'tthink
it'll
be
in
lime."
Mark
pointed
with
his
cigarette.
"In time for
what.
Thai's
the
question
lhai
keeps
bothering
me."
He
glanced down
the length of the
bridge,
then
into
the
gorge
as he
flicked
ash
down
thereceding
depths.
"It's weird. I
heard
one
cabal
cut
a
deal
with the
Technocrats
and
both
sides
man-;
aged
to uphold it. I
know
that
we've
survivedihis
crappy
fighting
with
vampires, with ourselves,
with
God-knows-what.
Our
enemy
now is lime.
"We
have
to
finish
dicking around
and
put
our
shit
together
in a big way so
that
we can
finally
busl out
in
lime
for
this
mythic
Armageddon."
I
Lee Ann
made
a
moue,
seeming
skeptical.
"Yeah,"
Mark
continued,
"I
know
I'm
nolsup-
posed
to
believe
in
thaishit,
but
hey,
we
can't
help but get a little
superstitious
in our old
age,
you know?"
He
chuckled,
a dry
laugh
largely
devoid
of
humor.
"Look,
here's
the
deal.
We've
goita
gel a big
conclave
together. Xoca'sgonna
try
to
come
up,
and
Simon
Pain,
and
some of the
other
folks
we've
dealt
with.
Winter.
"While.
Hell,
someone
said
that a
woman
claiming
to be one
of
the
Ahl-i-Batin
crawled out
from
under
somerock
wanting
totalk
brought into
the
deal
by
Pennyoulin'Frisco,noless.So,LosAngeles.Fall."
"Los
Angeles?"
Lee Ann
queried.
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