First person in That Eye, the Sky 5: Racing to the scene

Racing to the scene

I just swallowed a whole egg

In the next snippet, we plunge straight into Ort’s head.

I don't know why, but I feel like I just swallowed a whole egg, shell and all. I can tell something bad's happened – I'm not stupid – but no one has told me yet. I don't know. If my Dad is dead, we just won't live anymore.

That Eye, the SkyTim WintonSource
Breaking it down
Limitations of perspective

I don’t know what’s happening to me, but I feel like my heart is trying to gallop out of my chest, an impala jumping thorns. I can tell Emmanuel is afraid—he’s squeezing my hand—but I don't know what he is afraid of. Nothing feels real. There is no world in which Imani dies, because the world itself would vanish.

I don’t know why, but I feel like a needle being hammered on an anvil, sharp and hard. I know something terrible has happened—I could tell from the voices—but what or where, I don’t know. What I do know is If Grandma is dead, I will take the Woodsman’s axe and level every tree in the forest.

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