羊毛战记 Part 4 The Unraveling 35
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  One, two, and the third in your bosom1.
  Lukas held the small box tightly against his chest as he hiked up to the landing on thirty-eight. Herewas a mixed-use level of offices, shops, a plastics factory, and one of the small water treatmentplants. He pushed through the doors and hurried down corridors quiet from the day’s cleaning untilhe reached the main pump control room. His IT master key allowed him inside. The room housed atall and familiar computer cabinet from his Tuesday maintenance schedule. Lukas left the overheadlight off to keep the small window in the door darkened to passersby2. He slid behind the tall serverrack and the wall, scooted to the ground, and fished his flashlight out of his overalls3.
  In the soft red glow of his night light, Lukas gently peeled the flaps of the box apart, revealing thecontents inside.
  The guilt4 was immediate5. It punctured6 the anticipation7, the thrill of discovery, of intimacy8. Itwasn’t guilt from defying his boss or lying to Deputy Marsh9, nor of delaying the delivery of items hehad been told were important. It was the violation10 of her things. The reminder11 of her fate. Here wereJuliette’s remains12. Not her body, which was lost and gone, but the remnants of the life she had lived.
  He took a heavy breath, considered closing the flaps and forgetting the contents, and then thoughtof what would become of them anyway. His friends in IT would probably be the ones to paw throughthem. They would tear open the box and trade items like kids swapping13 candy. They would desecrateher.
  He bent14 the flaps open further and decided15 to honor her instead.
  He adjusted his light and saw a stack of silo vouchers16 on top, wrapped in a piece of wire. Hepulled these out and flipped17 through them. They were vacation vouchers. Dozens of them. He liftedthem to his nose and puzzled over the tangy scent18 of grease emanating19 from the box.
  A few expired meal cards lay underneath20 these vouchers, the corner of an ID badge poking21 out.
  Lukas reached for the badge, coded gold from her job as sheriff. He searched for another ID amongthe various scattered22 cards, but it appeared it had not yet been replaced with whatever colorMechanical used. There hadn’t been that much time between her being fired for one offense23 andbeing put to death for another.
  He took a moment to study the picture on the badge. It looked recent, just as he remembered her.
  Her hair was tied back tight, leaving it flat on her head. He could see loose curls sticking out at eitherside of her neck and remembered the first night he had watched her work, how she had braided herlong hair herself while she sat alone in a pool of light, peering at page after page in those folders24 ofhers.
  He ran his finger over the picture and laughed when he saw her expression. Her forehead waswrinkled, her eyes narrowed, as if trying to determine what the photographer was attempting or whyin the heavens it was taking so long. He covered his mouth to prevent the laugh from becoming a sob25.
  The vouchers went back into the box, but the ID slid into the breast pocket of his overalls as if byJuliette’s own stubborn accord. The next thing that caught his eye was a silver multi-tool, newlooking, a slightly different model from his own. He grabbed this and leaned forward to pull his owntool out of his back pocket. He compared the two, opening a few of the tools on hers and admiringthe smooth motion and neat click as each attachment26 locked into place. Taking a moment to firstclean his, wiping his prints off and removing a bit of melted rubber wire casing, he switched thetools. He decided he would rather carry this reminder of her and have his own tool disappear intostorage or be pawned27 off to a stranger who wouldn’t appreciate—Lukas froze at the sound of footsteps and laughter. He held his breath and waited for someone tocome in, for the overhead lights to burst on. The server clicked and whirred beside him. The noise inthe hallway receded28, the laughter fading.
  He was pushing his luck, he knew, but there was more in the box to see. He rummaged29 insideagain and found an ornate wooden box, a valuable antique. It was just slightly bigger than his palm,and he took a moment to figure out how to open it. The first thing he saw as the top slid away was aring, a woman’s wedding ring. It could’ve been solid gold, but it was difficult to tell. The red glowfrom his flashlight tended to wash out colors, causing everything to appear dull and lifeless.
  He checked for an inscription30 but found none. It was a curious artifact, this ring. He was certainJuliette hadn’t been wearing it when he’d known her, and he wondered if it was a relative’s, or athing passed down from before the uprising. He placed it back in the wooden box and reached for theother item inside, a bracelet31 of some sort. No, not a bracelet. As he pulled it out, he saw that it was awatch, the face so tiny it melded with the design of the jeweled strap32. Lukas studied the face, andafter a moment he realized his eyes or the red flashlight were playing tricks on him. Or were they? Helooked closely to be sure—and saw that one of the impossibly thin hands was ticking away the time.
  The thing worked.
  Before he could contemplate33 the challenge of concealing34 such an item or the consequences ofbeing discovered with it, Lukas slid the watch into his chest pocket. He looked at the ring sittingalone in the box, and after a moment’s hesitation35, palmed this and stashed36 it away as well. He fishedthrough the cardboard box and gathered some of the loose chits at the bottom and placed these intothe antique box before sealing it shut and returning it.
  What was he doing? He could feel a trickle37 of sweat work its way from his scalp and run thelength of his jawline. The heat from the rear of the busy computer seemed to intensify38. He dipped hishead and lifted his shoulder to dab39 the itchy run of sweat away. There was more in the box, and hecouldn’t help himself: he had to keep looking.
  He found a small notepad and flipped through it. It contained one to-do list after another, all of theitems neatly40 crossed out. He replaced this and reached for a folded piece of paper at the bottom of thebox, then realized it was more than a piece. He pulled out a thick collection of papers held togetherwith brass41 fasteners. Across the top, in handwriting similar to that in the notebook, was printed:
  Main Generator42 Control Room Operation ManualHe flipped it open and found inscrutable diagrams and bulleted notes lining43 the margins44. It lookedlike something she’d put together herself, either as a reminder from piecing the room’s operationtogether over time, or perhaps as a helpful guide for others. The paper was recycled without beingpulped, he saw. She had just written on the back. He flipped the manual over and checked the linesand lines of printed text on the opposite side. There were notes in the margins and a name circledover and over:
  Juliette. Juliette. Juliette.
  He flipped the manual over and surveyed the rear, only to find it was the original front. “TheTragic Historye of Romeus and Juliette,” it said. It was a play. One Lukas had heard of. In front ofhim, a fan kicked on in the heart of the server, blowing air over warm chips of silicon45 and wire. Hewiped the sweat from his forehead and tucked the bound play back into the box. He neatly arrangedthe other items on top and folded the cardboard flaps together. Wiggling back to his feet, Lukasdoused his light and shoved it back into his pocket, where it nestled against Juliette’s multi-tool. Withthe box secured under one arm, he patted his chest with his other hand and felt her watch, her ring,and her ID there with its picture of her. All tight against his torso.
  Lukas shook his head. He wondered what the hell he was thinking as he stole out the small anddark room, a tall panel of winking46 and blinking lights watching him go.


1 bosom Lt9zW     
  • She drew a little book from her bosom.她从怀里取出一本小册子。
  • A dark jealousy stirred in his bosom.他内心生出一阵恶毒的嫉妒。
2 passersby HmKzQJ     
n. 过路人(行人,经过者)
  • He had terrorized Oxford Street,where passersby had seen only his footprints. 他曾使牛津街笼罩了一片恐怖气氛,因为那儿的行人只能看到他的脚印,看不到他的人。 来自英汉 - 翻译样例 - 文学
  • A person is marceling on a street, watching passersby passing. 街边烫发者打量着匆匆行人。
3 overalls 2mCz6w     
  • He is in overalls today.他今天穿的是工作裤。
  • He changed his overalls for a suit.他脱下工装裤,换上了一套西服。
4 guilt 9e6xr     
  • She tried to cover up her guilt by lying.她企图用谎言掩饰自己的罪行。
  • Don't lay a guilt trip on your child about schoolwork.别因为功课责备孩子而使他觉得很内疚。
5 immediate aapxh     
  • His immediate neighbours felt it their duty to call.他的近邻认为他们有责任去拜访。
  • We declared ourselves for the immediate convocation of the meeting.我们主张立即召开这个会议。
6 punctured 921f9ed30229127d0004d394b2c18311     
v.在(某物)上穿孔( puncture的过去式和过去分词 );刺穿(某物);削弱(某人的傲气、信心等);泄某人的气
  • Some glass on the road punctured my new tyre. 路上的玻璃刺破了我的新轮胎。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • A nail on the road punctured the tyre. 路上的钉子把车胎戳穿了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
7 anticipation iMTyh     
  • We waited at the station in anticipation of her arrival.我们在车站等着,期待她的到来。
  • The animals grew restless as if in anticipation of an earthquake.各种动物都变得焦躁不安,像是感到了地震即将发生。
8 intimacy z4Vxx     
  • His claims to an intimacy with the President are somewhat exaggerated.他声称自己与总统关系密切,这有点言过其实。
  • I wish there were a rule book for intimacy.我希望能有个关于亲密的规则。
9 marsh Y7Rzo     
  • There are a lot of frogs in the marsh.沼泽里有许多青蛙。
  • I made my way slowly out of the marsh.我缓慢地走出这片沼泽地。
10 violation lLBzJ     
  • He roared that was a violation of the rules.他大声说,那是违反规则的。
  • He was fined 200 dollars for violation of traffic regulation.他因违反交通规则被罚款200美元。
11 reminder WkzzTb     
  • I have had another reminder from the library.我又收到图书馆的催还单。
  • It always took a final reminder to get her to pay her share of the rent.总是得发给她一份最后催缴通知,她才付应该交的房租。
12 remains 1kMzTy     
  • He ate the remains of food hungrily.他狼吞虎咽地吃剩余的食物。
  • The remains of the meal were fed to the dog.残羹剩饭喂狗了。
13 swapping 8a991dafbba2463e25ba0bc65307eb5e     
  • The slow swapping and buying of horses went on. 马匹的买卖和交换就是这样慢慢地进行着。
  • He was quite keen on swapping books with friends. 他非常热衷于和朋友们交换书籍。
14 bent QQ8yD     
  • He was fully bent upon the project.他一心扑在这项计划上。
  • We bent over backward to help them.我们尽了最大努力帮助他们。
15 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
16 vouchers 4f649eeb2fd7ec1ef73ed951059af072     
n.凭证( voucher的名词复数 );证人;证件;收据
  • These vouchers are redeemable against any future purchase. 这些优惠券将来购物均可使用。
  • This time we were given free vouchers to spend the night in a nearby hotel. 这一次我们得到了在附近一家旅馆入住的免费券。 来自英语晨读30分(高二)
17 flipped 5bef9da31993fe26a832c7d4b9630147     
轻弹( flip的过去式和过去分词 ); 按(开关); 快速翻转; 急挥
  • The plane flipped and crashed. 飞机猛地翻转,撞毁了。
  • The carter flipped at the horse with his whip. 赶大车的人扬鞭朝着马轻轻地抽打。
18 scent WThzs     
  • The air was filled with the scent of lilac.空气中弥漫着丁香花的芬芳。
  • The flowers give off a heady scent at night.这些花晚上散发出醉人的芳香。
19 emanating be70e0c91e48568de32973cab34020e6     
v.从…处传出,传出( emanate的现在分词 );产生,表现,显示
  • Even so, there is a slight odour of potpourri emanating from Longfellow. 纵然如此,也还是可以闻到来自朗费罗的一种轻微的杂烩的味道。 来自辞典例句
  • Many surface waters, particularly those emanating from swampy areas, are often colored to the extent. 许多地表水,特别是由沼泽地区流出的地表水常常染上一定程度的颜色。 来自辞典例句
20 underneath VKRz2     
  • Working underneath the car is always a messy job.在汽车底下工作是件脏活。
  • She wore a coat with a dress underneath.她穿着一件大衣,里面套着一条连衣裙。
21 poking poking     
n. 刺,戳,袋 vt. 拨开,刺,戳 vi. 戳,刺,捅,搜索,伸出,行动散慢
  • He was poking at the rubbish with his stick. 他正用手杖拨动垃圾。
  • He spent his weekends poking around dusty old bookshops. 他周末都泡在布满尘埃的旧书店里。
22 scattered 7jgzKF     
  • Gathering up his scattered papers,he pushed them into his case.他把散乱的文件收拾起来,塞进文件夹里。
23 offense HIvxd     
  • I hope you will not take any offense at my words. 对我讲的话请别见怪。
  • His words gave great offense to everybody present.他的发言冲犯了在场的所有人。
24 folders 7cb31435da1bef1e450754ff725b0fdd     
n.文件夹( folder的名词复数 );纸夹;(某些计算机系统中的)文件夹;页面叠
  • Encrypt and compress individual files and folders. The program is compact, efficient and user friendly. 加密和压缩的个人档案和folders.the计划是紧凑,高效和用户友好。 来自互联网
  • By insertion of photocopies,all folders can be maintained complete with little extra effort. 插入它的复制本,不费多大力量就能使所有文件夹保持完整。 来自辞典例句
25 sob HwMwx     
  • The child started to sob when he couldn't find his mother.孩子因找不到他妈妈哭了起来。
  • The girl didn't answer,but continued to sob with her head on the table.那个女孩不回答,也不抬起头来。她只顾低声哭着。
26 attachment POpy1     
  • She has a great attachment to her sister.她十分依恋她的姐姐。
  • She's on attachment to the Ministry of Defense.她现在隶属于国防部。
27 pawned 4a07cbcf19a45badd623a582bf8ca213     
v.典当,抵押( pawn的过去式和过去分词 );以(某事物)担保
  • He pawned his gold watch to pay the rent. 他抵当了金表用以交租。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • She has redeemed her pawned jewellery. 她赎回了当掉的珠宝。 来自《简明英汉词典》
28 receded a802b3a97de1e72adfeda323ad5e0023     
v.逐渐远离( recede的过去式和过去分词 );向后倾斜;自原处后退或避开别人的注视;尤指问题
  • The floodwaters have now receded. 洪水现已消退。
  • The sound of the truck receded into the distance. 卡车的声音渐渐在远处消失了。
29 rummaged c663802f2e8e229431fff6cdb444b548     
翻找,搜寻( rummage的过去式和过去分词 ); 已经海关检查
  • I rummaged through all the boxes but still could not find it. 几个箱子都翻腾遍了也没有找到。
  • The customs officers rummaged the ship suspected to have contraband goods. 海关人员仔细搜查了一艘有走私嫌疑的海轮。
30 inscription l4ZyO     
  • The inscription has worn away and can no longer be read.铭文已磨损,无法辨认了。
  • He chiselled an inscription on the marble.他在大理石上刻碑文。
31 bracelet nWdzD     
  • The jeweler charges lots of money to set diamonds in a bracelet.珠宝匠要很多钱才肯把钻石镶在手镯上。
  • She left her gold bracelet as a pledge.她留下她的金手镯作抵押品。
32 strap 5GhzK     
  • She held onto a strap to steady herself.她抓住拉手吊带以便站稳。
  • The nurse will strap up your wound.护士会绑扎你的伤口。
33 contemplate PaXyl     
  • The possibility of war is too horrifying to contemplate.战争的可能性太可怕了,真不堪细想。
  • The consequences would be too ghastly to contemplate.后果不堪设想。
34 concealing 0522a013e14e769c5852093b349fdc9d     
v.隐藏,隐瞒,遮住( conceal的现在分词 )
  • Despite his outward display of friendliness, I sensed he was concealing something. 尽管他表现得友善,我还是感觉到他有所隐瞒。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • SHE WAS BREAKING THE COMPACT, AND CONCEALING IT FROM HIM. 她违反了他们之间的约定,还把他蒙在鼓里。 来自英汉文学 - 三万元遗产
35 hesitation tdsz5     
  • After a long hesitation, he told the truth at last.踌躇了半天,他终于直说了。
  • There was a certain hesitation in her manner.她的态度有些犹豫不决。
36 stashed 07562c5864f6b713d22604f8e1e43dae     
v.贮藏( stash的过去式和过去分词 );隐藏;藏匿;藏起
  • She has a fortune stashed away in various bank accounts. 她有一大笔钱存在几个不同的银行账户下。
  • She has a fortune stashed away in various bank accounts. 她在不同的银行账户上秘密储存了一大笔钱。 来自《简明英汉词典》
37 trickle zm2w8     
  • The stream has thinned down to a mere trickle.这条小河变成细流了。
  • The flood of cars has now slowed to a trickle.汹涌的车流现在已经变得稀稀拉拉。
38 intensify S5Pxe     
  • We must intensify our educational work among our own troops.我们必须加强自己部队的教育工作。
  • They were ordered to intensify their patrols to protect our air space.他们奉命加强巡逻,保卫我国的领空。
39 dab jvHzPy     
  • She returned wearing a dab of rouge on each cheekbone.她回来时,两边面颊上涂有一点淡淡的胭脂。
  • She gave me a dab of potatoes with my supper.她给我晚饭时,还给了一点土豆。
40 neatly ynZzBp     
  • Sailors know how to wind up a long rope neatly.水手们知道怎样把一条大绳利落地缠好。
  • The child's dress is neatly gathered at the neck.那孩子的衣服在领口处打着整齐的皱褶。
41 brass DWbzI     
  • Many of the workers play in the factory's brass band.许多工人都在工厂铜管乐队中演奏。
  • Brass is formed by the fusion of copper and zinc.黄铜是通过铜和锌的熔合而成的。
42 generator Kg4xs     
  • All the while the giant generator poured out its power.巨大的发电机一刻不停地发出电力。
  • This is an alternating current generator.这是一台交流发电机。
43 lining kpgzTO     
  • The lining of my coat is torn.我的外套衬里破了。
  • Moss makes an attractive lining to wire baskets.用苔藓垫在铁丝篮里很漂亮。
44 margins 18cef75be8bf936fbf6be827537c8585     
边( margin的名词复数 ); 利润; 页边空白; 差数
  • They have always had to make do with relatively small profit margins. 他们不得不经常设法应付较少的利润额。
  • To create more space between the navigation items, add left and right margins to the links. 在每个项目间留更多的空隙,加左或者右的margins来定义链接。
45 silicon dykwJ     
  • This company pioneered the use of silicon chip.这家公司开创了使用硅片的方法。
  • A chip is a piece of silicon about the size of a postage stamp.芯片就是一枚邮票大小的硅片。
46 winking b599b2f7a74d5974507152324c7b8979     
n.瞬眼,目语v.使眼色( wink的现在分词 );递眼色(表示友好或高兴等);(指光)闪烁;闪亮
  • Anyone can do it; it's as easy as winking. 这谁都办得到,简直易如反掌。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
  • The stars were winking in the clear sky. 星星在明亮的天空中闪烁。 来自《简明英汉词典》