The street lights, like candles on a black cake, went out.


He exhaled again and again and the stars began to vanish.

Douglas smiled. He pointed a finger.


There, and there. Now over here, and here…


Yellow squares were cut in the dim morning earth as house lights winked slowly on. A sprinkle of windows came suddenly alight miles off in dawn country.


'Everyone yawn. Everyone up.’"


In the backwaters of Illinois, Dougl