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...if you trust in smoke & mirrors

your existence will always be a magic trick.




There was, I can assure you 

a time when I was not an object


In a previous life I was a person who had ideas

opinions and plans


I can see behind your smirk

a mixture of arrogance and contempt 


I also know that my situation belies it and

that you could care less 


So there is no use in trying to convince you of what I was and 

payment never requires curiosity 








I am more than the impulse to be seen,

I had a

One particular Angel of Turquoise has wings of dead riverbeds, budget casinos, ghost towns, and the glimmer of mirage lurking deep under the primaries. Illusion is bone and remnants, and it glints from the sunken eye sockets of the Angel as they tend bar somewhere west of the great Salt Lake and east of Reno.

You might think there's water to be had there, and there is, but you've got to come with an offering. Silver used to be traditional, or…

It arrived in a giant cardboard box, impressive in size, and clearly expensive.

To refuse it would be impolite, but it was already a little awkward. She suspected it was more than just a large screen piece of electronics. Even beyond the potential social implication, there were surveillance possibilities she didn't want to admit aloud. It was already a dangerous game she was playing. A wrong word could tip off one faction or the other of her suspicions, setting off a chain of events…

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