羊毛战记 Part 5 The Stranded 81
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  • Silo 18 •
  Awareness1, like sporadic2 jolts3 of pain from her burns, came and went.
  Juliette remembered a billowing fog, boots stomping4 all around her, lying on her side in the ovenof an airlock. She watched the way the world warped5 out of shape as her helmet, a viscous6 thing,continued to sag7 toward her, melting. A bright silver star hovered8 in her vision, waving as it settledbeyond her dome9. Peter Billings peered through her helmet at her, shook her scalded shoulders, criedout to the people marching around, telling them to help.
  They lifted her up and out of that steaming place, sweat dripping from faces, a melted suit cutfrom her body.
  Juliette floated through her old office like a ghost. Flat on her back, the squeal10 of a fussy11 wheelbelow her, past the rows and rows of steel bars, an empty bench in an empty cell.
  They carried her in circles.
  She woke to the beeping of her heart, these machines checking in on her, a man dressed like herfather.
  He was the first to notice that she was awake. His eyebrows12 lifted, a smile, a nod to someone overher shoulder.
  And Lukas was there, his face—so familiar, so strange—was in her blurry13 vision. She felt hishand in hers. She knew that hand had been there awhile, that he had been there awhile. He was cryingand laughing, brushing her cheek. Jules wanted to know what was so funny. What was so sad. He justshook his head as she drifted back to sleep.
  It wasn’t just that the burns were bad; it was that they were everywhere.
  The days of recovery were spent sliding in and out of painkiller14 fogs.
  Every time she saw Lukas, she apologized. Everyone was making a fuss. Peter came. There werepiles of notes from down deep, but nobody was allowed up. Nobody else could see her but the mandressed like her father and women who reminded her of her mother.
  Her head cleared quickly once they let it.
  Juliette came out of what felt like a deep dream, weeks of haze15, nightmares of drowning andburning, of being outside, of dozens of silos just like hers. The drugs had kept the pain at bay—buthad dulled her consciousness, too. She didn’t mind the stings and aches if it meant winning back hermind. It was an easy trade.
  She flopped16 her head to the side—and Lukas was there. Was he ever not? A blanket fell from hischest as he leaned forward, held her hand. He smiled.
  “You’re looking better.”
  Juliette licked her lips. Her mouth was dry.
  “Where am I?”
  “The infirmary on thirty-three. Just take it easy. Do you want me to get you anything?”
  She shook her head. It felt amazing to be able to move, to respond to words. She tried to squeezehis hand.
  “I’m sore,” she said weakly.
  Lukas laughed. He looked relieved to hear this. “I bet.”
  She blinked and looked at him. “There’s an infirmary on thirty-three?” His words were on a delay.
  He nodded gravely. “I’m sorry, but it’s the best in the silo. And we could keep you safe. Butforget that. Rest. I’ll go grab the nurse.”
  He stood, a thick book spilling from his lap and tumbling into the chair, burying itself in theblanket and pillows.
  “Do you think you can eat?”
  She nodded, turned her head back to face the ceiling and the bright lights, everything coming backto her, memories popping up like the tingle17 of pain on her skin.
  She read folded notes for days and cried. Lukas sat by her side, collecting the ones that spilled tothe floor like paper planes tossed from landings. He apologized over and over, blubbering like he wasthe one who’d done it. Juliette read all of them a dozen times, trying to keep straight who was goneand who was still signing their name. She couldn’t believe the terrible news about Knox. Some thingsseemed immutable18, like the great stairway. She wept for him and for Marck, wanted desperately19 tosee Shirly, was told that she couldn’t.
  Ghosts visited her when the lights were out. Juliette would wake up, eyes crusted over, pillowwet, Lukas rubbing her forehead and telling her it would be okay.
  Peter came often. Juliette thanked him over and over. It was all Peter, all Peter. He had made thechoice. Lukas told her of the stairway, his march to cleaning, hearing her voice on Peter’s radio, theimplications of her being alive.
  Peter had taken the risk, had listened. That had led to him and Lukas talking. Lukas had saidforbidden things, was in no danger of being sent anyplace worse, said something that confused herabout being a bad virus, a catching20 cold. The radio barked with reports from Mechanical of peoplesurrendering. Bernard sentenced them to death anyway.
  And Peter had a decision to make. Was he the final law, or did he owe something to those who puthim in place? Did he do what was right or what was expected of him? It was so easy to do the latter,but Peter Billings was a good man.
  Lukas told him so on that stairwell. He told him that this was where they’d been put by fate, butwhat they did going forward defined them. That was who they were.
  He told Peter that Bernard had killed a man. That he had proof. Lukas had done nothing todeserve this.
  Peter pointed21 out that every ounce of IT security was a hundred levels away. There was only onegun up top. Only one law.


1 awareness 4yWzdW     
  • There is a general awareness that smoking is harmful.人们普遍认识到吸烟有害健康。
  • Environmental awareness has increased over the years.这些年来人们的环境意识增强了。
2 sporadic PT0zT     
adj.偶尔发生的 [反]regular;分散的
  • The sound of sporadic shooting could still be heard.仍能听见零星的枪声。
  • You know this better than I.I received only sporadic news about it.你们比我更清楚,而我听到的只是零星消息。
3 jolts 6b399bc85f7ace4b27412ec2740f286e     
(使)摇动, (使)震惊( jolt的名词复数 )
  • He found that out when he got a few terrific jolts, but he wouldn't give up. 被狠狠地撞回来几次后,他发觉了这一点,但他决不因此罢休。
  • Some power bars are loaded with carbohydrates or caffeine for quick jolts. 有些能量条中包含大量的碳水化合物和咖啡因,以达到快速提神的效果。
4 stomping fb759903bc37cbba50a25a838f64b0b4     
v.跺脚,践踏,重踏( stomp的现在分词 )
  • He looked funny stomping round the dance floor. 他在舞池里跺着舞步,样子很可笑。 来自辞典例句
  • Chelsea substitution Wright-Phillips for Robben. Wrighty back on his old stomping to a mixed reception. 77分–切尔西换人:赖特.菲利普斯入替罗本。小赖特在主场球迷混杂的欢迎下,重返他的老地方。 来自互联网
5 warped f1a38e3bf30c41ab80f0dce53b0da015     
adj.反常的;乖戾的;(变)弯曲的;变形的v.弄弯,变歪( warp的过去式和过去分词 );使(行为等)不合情理,使乖戾,
  • a warped sense of humour 畸形的幽默感
  • The board has warped. 木板翘了。 来自《现代汉英综合大词典》
6 viscous KH3yL     
  • Gases are much less viscous than liquids.气体的粘滞性大大小于液体。
  • The mud is too viscous.You must have all the agitators run.泥浆太稠,你们得让所有的搅拌机都开着。
7 sag YD4yA     
  • The shelf was beginning to sag beneath the weight of the books upon it.书架在书的重压下渐渐下弯。
  • We need to do something about the sag.我们须把下沉的地方修整一下。
8 hovered d194b7e43467f867f4b4380809ba6b19     
鸟( hover的过去式和过去分词 ); 靠近(某事物); (人)徘徊; 犹豫
  • A hawk hovered over the hill. 一只鹰在小山的上空翱翔。
  • A hawk hovered in the blue sky. 一只老鹰在蓝色的天空中翱翔。
9 dome 7s2xC     
  • The dome was supported by white marble columns.圆顶由白色大理石柱支撑着。
  • They formed the dome with the tree's branches.他们用树枝搭成圆屋顶。
10 squeal 3Foyg     
  • The children gave a squeal of fright.孩子们发出惊吓的尖叫声。
  • There was a squeal of brakes as the car suddenly stopped.小汽车突然停下来时,车闸发出尖叫声。
11 fussy Ff5z3     
  • He is fussy about the way his food's cooked.他过分计较食物的烹调。
  • The little girl dislikes her fussy parents.小女孩讨厌她那过分操心的父母。
12 eyebrows a0e6fb1330e9cfecfd1c7a4d00030ed5     
眉毛( eyebrow的名词复数 )
  • Eyebrows stop sweat from coming down into the eyes. 眉毛挡住汗水使其不能流进眼睛。
  • His eyebrows project noticeably. 他的眉毛特别突出。
13 blurry blurry     
  • My blurry vision makes it hard to drive. 我的视力有点模糊,使得开起车来相当吃力。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The lines are pretty blurry at this point. 界线在这个时候是很模糊的。 来自《简明英汉词典》
14 painkiller eKMx4     
  • I shall persuade him to take the painkiller.我将说服他把药吃下去。
  • The painkiller only provides him a short respite from his pain.止痛药仅仅让他在疼痛中有短暂的疏解。
15 haze O5wyb     
  • I couldn't see her through the haze of smoke.在烟雾弥漫中,我看不见她。
  • He often lives in a haze of whisky.他常常是在威士忌的懵懂醉意中度过的。
16 flopped e5b342a0b376036c32e5cd7aa560c15e     
v.(指书、戏剧等)彻底失败( flop的过去式和过去分词 );(因疲惫而)猛然坐下;(笨拙地、不由自主地或松弛地)移动或落下;砸锅
  • Exhausted, he flopped down into a chair. 他筋疲力尽,一屁股坐到椅子上。
  • It was a surprise to us when his play flopped. 他那出戏一败涂地,出乎我们的预料。 来自《简明英汉词典》
17 tingle tJzzu     
  • The music made my blood tingle.那音乐使我热血沸腾。
  • The cold caused a tingle in my fingers.严寒使我的手指有刺痛感。
18 immutable ma9x3     
  • Nothing in the world is immutable.世界没有一成不变的东西。
  • They free our minds from considering our world as fixed and immutable.它们改变着人们将世界看作是永恒不变的观点。
19 desperately cu7znp     
  • He was desperately seeking a way to see her again.他正拼命想办法再见她一面。
  • He longed desperately to be back at home.他非常渴望回家。
20 catching cwVztY     
  • There are those who think eczema is catching.有人就是认为湿疹会传染。
  • Enthusiasm is very catching.热情非常富有感染力。
21 pointed Il8zB4     
  • He gave me a very sharp pointed pencil.他给我一支削得非常尖的铅笔。
  • She wished to show Mrs.John Dashwood by this pointed invitation to her brother.她想通过对达茨伍德夫人提出直截了当的邀请向她的哥哥表示出来。