By Andrew Smith

Best neighbors Jack and Conner cannot steer clear of Marbury. it truly is in part due to their obsession with this exchange global and the unresolved conflict that also wages there. yet it is also simply because forces in Marbury―including the darkest of the darkish, who weren't published in The Marbury Lens―are beckoning the men again so one can keep their associates . . . and themselves.

The boys attempt to spoil the lens that transports them to Marbury. yet that darkish international isn't so simply reckoned with. truth and myth, stable and evil―Andrew Smith's masterpiece closes the loop that begun with The Marbury Lens. yet is it fairly closed? Can it ever be?

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Outdoors, i'll pay attention the doctor’s automobile begin. “Hey, Con, did whatever bizarre take place the day prior to this? ” Conner stated, “Uh-oh. Are you tripping out approximately that shit back? ” Freddie. “No. I suggest, the day prior to this, once we broke that lens. Did whatever bizarre occur to you? ” I waited for Conner to respond to. “Um. What lens, Jack? ” I chuckled. i assumed it sounded silly. Like Quinn Cahill. “Don’t fuck with me, Conner. ” “Okay. So, we broke a few lens? after which what? ” “You understand. Marbury. ” “Did Stella’s health professional offer you any meds, Jack? It certain seems like you’re on dope to me. and will you carry the complete bottle over? i would like to attempt a few of that shit. ” I knew Conner. He sucked at appearing dumb for greater than a line or . He particularly didn’t be aware of what i used to be speaking approximately. Fuck you, Jack. “Yeah. good. perhaps he did supply me anything. ” And it fucked up your mind, Jack. “Can you use a motorized vehicle or heavy equipment? ” Conner laughed. “Do you bear in mind after we have been over at Ben and Griffin’s condo? ” “Who? ” “Ben and Griffin. ” “Jack. What the fuck are you conversing approximately? is that this anything approximately that shit with that Freddie man? Are you continue to fucked up approximately that? Dude. ” It was once Conner. He was once annoyed. “You’re rather now not fucking with me, are you, Con? ” “Maybe you’re simply under pressure approximately going again to England or anything. Did you simply get up? ’Cause you sound fucked up, Jack. ” “You don’t recognize someone named Ben and Griffin? ” “Am I purported to? ” “I’m coming over. ” “Let’s pass seize a few nutrients or whatever. ” Or whatever. * * * I slipped right into a pair of shorts and threw a T-shirt over my shoulder. while I sat at the fringe of the mattress so i may get my socks and footwear, i presumed concerning the glasses at the ground. probably he was once simply fucking with me. That was once whatever Conner might do. yet no longer approximately this. by no means approximately this. I switched my cell again on, flipped via my contacts checklist. No Ben Miller. No Griffin Goodrich. Fuck you, Jack. I reached lower than my mattress and collected the glasses. The 3rd lens used to be swung out from the larger eyepiece. There wasn’t whatever there; not anything dwelling contained in the lenses. I positioned my hands at the outer monocle. i needed to turn it into position, only for a moment, simply so i may end up to myself that I wasn’t insane—that in some way I’d particularly fucked every thing up. far and wide. Welcome to Jack’s universe. I needed to placed issues again the place they belonged. I slid the glasses into my pocket, and their weight nearly dragged my shorts down. perhaps Dr. no one used to be correct; that I wasn’t consuming adequate. Who cared approximately that, besides? I fucked up. I went into the hallway and slipped out of the home with no Stella even noticing i used to be ever there in any respect. seven i assume it used to be Jack’s day for black autos. * * * whilst I walked around the garden towards the blot of color on the minimize the place I park my truck, a major Cadillac SUV with blacked-out home windows and no license plates pulled up and stopped correct in entrance of me. at the start, I figured, with a motor vehicle like that it was once most likely a person coming to speak to Wynn and Stella approximately policies or their funding portfolio, or the type of stuff that by no means intended something in any respect to me.

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