New York Tyrant
On the eve of The Big Day—known as Big Day Eve—the Pioneer is given the opportunity to record, in the solitude of his Dream, Last Words. Last Words are 30 (contiguous) seconds long.
When they are recorded, Last Words are heard by no one.1 Last Words are not fully heard, of course, until there are Beligerents in The Casino.
Last Words Condemn The Casino. Last Words are the formal Condemnation (in 17, 19, 21, or 23 steps) of The Casino.2 The Last Words ritual may as well be called The Condemnation of The Casino ritual.
Being remains in its fated Saying while Last Words are heard and for hours beyond. Before going to bed, however, the Lunatic always goes down and retrieves Being, takes it back into her Mind, and puts it in The Future.
For instance, any time she needed to wash her hair in the tub he would volunteer to do it, which pleased his mother a great deal. That’s nice of you, his mother said. Please do! He understood the physical act of washing Mildred Thorn’s hair, helping her lean forward to the spout and pouring a long drip of shampoo into his hand and massaging it around in her hair. He liked doing this. He imagined she was sucking his cock while he massaged her head and thought: this is what it would be like, massaging her head while she sucked my cock.
Keep your eyes closed, he told her while he massaged her scalp. Keep them closed now, hear?
The New World
I used to believe I was an animal
but then I got in touch with my Urges
There’s a blood moving in me
that didn’t come from my body
I’ve misplaced my receipts
but I think you know what I’m talking about
Now Rosek called every instruction a script.
Came from a seminar. Or a consultant. Something.
Script, Rosek said, is working hard. Working Hard is what the script’s called.
Besides the scripts, there were notes.
Notes ordered specific tasks.
He wanted to say there were no non-specific tasks, there could not be, but he did not say anything.
Rosek handed him the note.
He put it in his shirt pocket.
By my heart, he said, like a scapular.