Charles Pendelton
      © 2008 Marty Langdon
Chapter 32 (Prelude)

                 Harmony, my dearest angel

Suddenly, I began to feel strangely surreal. As if I were standing in the presence of a
ghost or loved one who had long since passed. So intense now, was this feeling of warm
breath upon my neck, and the mild sensation of a woman's fingers moving across the
borders of my back in her most vulnerable hour. When I realized what was happening,
I immediately left the room and ran downstairs; everything spinning out of control. As
I approached the fireplace, I had a complete emotional breakdown and fell to my knees
upon the cold tile floor. I began to tremble and could not stop the outpouring of tears.

Harmony, I said in a child's voice and waited for an answer that would never come.

Such loving bliss; one which had torn my heart asunder was laid to rest.
So free are you now, my love, to come and go as you please. To wander
this earth or to abandon even I, whom you said you never would. In the
end, I would have not even a small tombstone to visit. Not to mention the
beautiful picture of her, I used to carry with me in my back pocket. One I
can no longer find. I then remembered, it was in the wallet I lost last year.

Through closed eyes, I heard a very faint buzzing noise. There I saw myself in a
tattoo parlor with the top of my head exposed. Looking at it from a philosophical
point of view, my outer shell seemed to resemble a hairy carapace as it sat like
an ashtray on this oblong table. This didn't seem to bother me in the least. As the
sound grew louder, I saw a man tattooing an image along the entire side of my
cerebral cortex. Funny I thought as I inhaled a tear; my brain looks like a hedge
apple. Through all this confusion, there was no pain in the physical sense to
denote. However, in the emotional sense, I had become distraught.

I then saw the scenario as I hovered invisibly from a distance. As the needle moved
around the soft interconnected brain tissue that I always thought would look ropy,
like a bowel, I was able to see an image forming. The more he tattooed, the more I saw
until finally his work was complete. He then picked up a small hand held mirror that
appeared to be crafted of steel. The flagrant blue metal was smooth yet shiny, and that
stable composition which held the liquid glass in place was truly something to behold!

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Not only did it show me the extent of his work in a lead contrast, but also, that the living
ink had begun to seep down into the encephalons of my neural fibre. From there, it descended
down a single vertebra and flowed out around the spiral ganglion region. It was around this
time that I began to hear strange whispers. I wasn't sure what to make of this scene as a whole,
but I knew my subconscious mind had awakened, and was now in control of the ship.

                                              What else could it be?

                       I only analyze the drug's effect, I don't study it in a lab.

As I continued to look, I found the likeness to be uncompromisingly convincing in every detail
of its alluring appearance. It was the image of my long lost love. As I continued to mull it over,
I would surely find that from the other side of Heaven, my lover had given me a most generous
bequest. Through careful observation, I could almost see in my peripheral vision what appeared
to be a woman standing. He then recapped my skull on its tiny cranial grapples. This brought it
back to its original air tight seal. Thank you, I said quivering, unable to stop my hearts wanting.

That incessant need to hold her in my arms again. Some wounds never heal, no matter how
much time passes. So now, I shall carry her eidetic image with me forever, to gently caress
in my final moments. The image of my beautiful angel will neither blur nor fade, regardless of
how many years may pass. And how was I to know that he could only be paid in tears.

As emotionally taunting and arduously painful as this is going
to be for
me to relive again, I feel this story must now be told.
Our story. . . Finally. 

Harmony was an aspiring artist who moved here from the San Francisco bay area, shortly
after the collapse of the psychedelic movement and the Haight and Ashbury scene dispersed.

                                                                  Gary Scruggs - Gentle when you say the word

Since the age of four she had been living with her Aunt Sofia in Alameda, and had recently graduated high
school with top honors. At the age of eighteen she arrived and as fate would have it, her parent's house was
located directly across the street from where we resided. Harmony's parents had numerous textile companies
in India and her older brother Sanjit owned and operated his own antique furniture store down in Stapleton for
as long as I can recollect. I can remember going there with my maternal grandfather when I was only three. How
the old sofas and dressers adorned the showroom. Several months after her arrival, Harmony began to work
there, and together they got along like two playful cats! All in all, it was safe to say they were quite well off.

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