“In the darkest corner of the garage I thought I saw something move, but it was a flicker of the fluorescent bulb overhead. I was back in the real world, and the gnomes were just tacky garden ornaments made of plastic and paint. Nothing more”
How I found the perfect dress
21 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear:
For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he filled with meat;
For an odious woman when she is married and a hand maid that is heir to her mistress.
“In the Summer Street Café at three?” Christie suggested.
“By ten past, the two sisters were sitting at the window table with coffee and cake in front of them. At a table outside sat a group of girls from St. Ursula’s sixth year and
they smiled at Christie. She grinned back, imagining them cursing her under her breath because they’d undoubtedly chosen that table so they could enjoy the forbidden
cigarettes---smoking while in uniform was supposed to be off-limits. They were glossy birds of paradise in the royal
blue uniform, with long colorful scarves would round
youthful necks and gorgeous long hair whipping around the breeze, all looking far older than their years.”
1And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
7And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
8And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
9And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
10And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
11And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.