Saturday, January 20, 2007

Excerpt from Survivor's Ball


"What kind of convention is this?" Jasper said as Sarena said, "You're American, aren't you, Mr. Donner?"
"Yes," he said. He looked at them, his eyes lingering on Serena's forehead. "First thing, why don't you go freshen up? We've put you upstairs in Room 43. The key is in the door," he said almost apologetically, giving them a photocopied sheet of directions. "I'm afraid the hotel is a bit of a maze. Just keep turning left when you up the stairs. Try not to get lost."


"Some of use have come from very far away," Mr. Donner said. "We meet every year. We clebrate the triumph of the human spirit in situations of great adversity. We are all travelers, survivors of adventures, calamitous expeditions, of tragedies. We are widows and orphans, the survivors of marriages and shipwrecks. This is the 143rd Survivor's Ball."

----From Survivor's Ball, or The Donner Party, short story by Kelly Link, published in the collection stranger things happen

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