He said it was training, not talent, that gave me more nimble fingers. At some time—don't ask me when and where, or even how—I would expect the two halves of the brain to integrate again. But it will have to be something easy. Even so, the sales assistant in the store looked at me oddly when I went in. I like that as much as anyone else, but once I'm offstage I have always found it hard to meet people or to feel at home among new faces.
That hadn't been injured, I was sure of it—I had seen things with it right after the accident. With his sword, his paladins, and his genius, Belisarius has turned the armies of Byzantium into a weapon capable of blunting the first assault of the Malwa hordes. Already my hands were puffed and swollen, and my ankles felt numb. The day before my release I hung about the top floor all morning with Tess Thomson, waiting until there was a gap in his schedule. My right eye was providing me with a set of strange and uncoordinated images, and I spent the first few minutes trying to get things into focus.
Hands were moving lightly over my body, patting and probing. My name is well-known enough, but I'm certainly no celebrity. We don't want to confuse internal and external realities. They'll damp the regeneration process for a few hours. You feel just the way you ought to, at this stage in the recovery. Some things I just can't talk about. As I came level with the shorter man, my left arm jerked sideways and thrust stiff-fingered into his midriff.
I felt the bone snap and grate. I was not trained for any life other than a pianist. He had relaxed a good deal as soon as we lifted off, and now that we were moving west towards Reading he began to whistle softly, just loud enough for me to hear him. I'd like a book that gives the alternative versions, if there is such a thing. Do you happen to know where I could find a copy of the libretto to The Beggar's Opera? I looked again at the heavy boots, and the fat, banana-bunch fingers. I was beginning to put many things together.
Until you get some decent regeneration in the corpus callosum, there'll be referred signals like this. The hell with this, I'm going to take her back to Heathrow. First sign of another hallucination, I want you back in here fast enough to set fire to your pants. That's when I got the idea that maybe my hobby could be turned into my job. I had begun to tremble and perspire, and Tess was forced to run in and give me an injection. It was a very experimental operation, but it seemed to have been successful.
Leo was excited, no doubt about it. Your pulse is up again and so's your blood pressure. Today, for instance, we both wore dark sports jackets and red ties; but Leo was sporting a strange tie clip, rather like a little golden beetle. I leaned against the wall again, feeling that strong itching in my scalp. Page 5 And I would love you all the day, Every night would kiss and play. Stop me if this gets to be too much, or if you have trouble following what I'm saying, Otherwise, let me talk.
Keep it low, or he'll want you to stay another month. My mouth puckered at the bitter taste, and there was a moment when I thought it would come right back up. I sat there in the restaurant for three-quarters of an hour, musing over a couple of glasses of Courvoisier. I think that what he describes concerning the replacement of damaged braintissue from his identical twin's damged brain might be possible. For the rest of the dinner I felt excited, happy, and more than a little bit nervous.
I'll admit that all right, but it's not the same thing. We sat there for a minute or two without attempting conversation. Shout if you need me sooner. And I had the terrible feeling that my playing had been drained of all its emotional content. I don't know where the left eye took its orders from, but I never knew where it would be looking, or why, even though I was beginning to receive random images from it.