The Fifth Sacred Thing

By Starhawk

An epic story of freedom and slavery, love and battle, and the capability futures of humankind tells of a twenty-first century California extended family stuck among clashing worlds, one in keeping with tolerance, the opposite on repression.

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Madrone inhaled slowly, keen her physique to sit back. yet her brain wouldn't comply. “Who has milk? Who might we get to nurse this child? ” “It’d be more secure to get volunteers to pump a few milk. We don’t know the way contagious this factor is,” Lou acknowledged. “There is that,” Madrone acknowledged wearily. “It’s too undesirable. Nursing could aid her. ” “You fairly imagine she’ll dwell? ” Aviva requested. “I don’t recognize. We don’t recognize adequate approximately this fever but. ” “I guess my neighbor could take her,” Aviva acknowledged. “She simply misplaced a toddler and her breasts are nonetheless dripping. And I’d detect if she began exhibiting symptoms of fever. ” “That’d be good,” Lou acknowledged. “That’s a good suggestion. ” “Wait,” Madrone stated, as Lou began to shut Consuelo’s eyes. She took one final examine the lifeless woman’s face. “I’m sorry, Consuelo. Lo siento. Lo siento mucho. ” “I’ll get Sister Marie for the rites,” Lou stated. Aviva shook her head. “She already gave the final Blessing, while the exertions all started. simply in case. ” “May the air hold your spirit gently,” Madrone whispered to the corpse. “May the hearth unencumber your soul. might the water wash you fresh of ache and agony and sorrow. may perhaps the earth obtain you. may possibly the wheel flip back and produce you to rebirth. ” “Blessed be,” Aviva murmured. Lou raised the sheet and coated Consuelo’s head. “Let me take the child now,” Aviva stated. “Madrone, you're burnt up. ” Madrone thought of for a second. the kid was once nonetheless sizzling, yet no longer burning. Her lifestyles strength appeared relatively powerful and sturdy, whereas Madrone’s felt tired. She passed the child to Aviva, who withdrew her palms from Madrone’s neck to take the newborn and cuddle her shut. Unsupported, Madrone felt the total wash of her personal exhaustion. there has been a chair within the nook of the small naked room, and she or he simply stumbled over to it ahead of her legs gave manner. “You glance bad, Madrone,” Lou stated. She nodded in acknowledgment. “I went a bit too some distance. ” “You take possibilities you shouldn’t take. ” Lou’s eyes narrowed to darkish slivers. “I’ve instructed you this sooner than. ” Sandy’s eyes have been formed like that, yet that they had laughed and teased and seduced her into stroking his black silk hair and rooting for his lips with hers. not more. Madrone closed her eyes. “You can’t be my daddy, Lou. You’re more youthful than me. ” “You desire a daddy. ” “I by no means had one. I wouldn’t be aware of what to do with one. ” “You have been hatched? ” “He died scuffling with to loose Guadalupe, the place i used to be born. Or so my mama stated. i believe she lied. i feel i used to be a Virgin beginning. ” “Hail Mary,” Aviva acknowledged from the sink, the place she used to be washing the infant. “More just like the nice Goddess incarnate,” Madrone corrected her. “Self-fertilizing, self-creating. That used to be my mom. ” And immortal. She must have been immortal. no longer so speedy to vanish and die and depart me. yet adequate of that. She appeared up at Aviva. “Or do you're thinking that I’m Jesus, with a intercourse switch? ” “Jesus used to be crucified,” Lou reminded her. “If you don’t do an charisma fix, you’ll be ill sufficient to want it had occurred to you. ” Madrone seemed up at him via her lashes. “Be an angel, Lou. Do it for me?

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