How the Stars did Fall
Paul F Silva
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San Francisco has fallen. A militant cult, whose leader is known only as the Good Man, has taken the city. The Union begins to assemble its forces to take back the city and Daniel, one of the Good Man’s most trusted acolytes, must organize the defense. But with the city's coffers depleted, Daniel must find the funds to buy weapons and ammunition.
Daniel’s brother, Faraday, proposes a heist. Together they set out to rob the estate of an old magnate whose fortune, made during the gold rush, is kept in the cellar of his mansion. However, Faraday wants the gold to pay for his father's considerable debts, so Daniel must choose between loyalty to the Good Man and his family.
The consequences of that choice force Faraday on a path that will take him across half the state. On the way, he encounters a machine that extracts gold from water, an indian settlement that hides an ancient secret and a dark magician whose intentions are unclear.
At the same time, he must come to terms with a newfound power: he can step into another plane of consciousness and see things that are far away and find whatever he wants. He uses his power to find his sister, Olivia, who ran away from home. She, too, has been a given a gift. She can manipulate water in any way she desires.
Eventually, they realize a cosmic struggle is occurring between forces they do not understand and that, like it or not, they have a crucial part to play in the unfolding events.
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as if trying to protect something deep inside. “Don’t know.” Dinner was a hearty meal of roast pig and mashed potatoes. Even Tenhorse had seconds and Moon looked delighted. But it was Faraday’s father who ate the most. He gobbled up food, filling his plate three times, like it was his last meal. If Faraday hadn’t told the others about Olivia’s disappearance, no one would have been the wiser, for the old man looked as happy as ever. Faraday’s mother excused herself from the table, clearly
comforted Olivia while she waited. She burrowed her feet in the fine sand and looked up at the stars, thinking for the first time that looking up at the sky was not that much different than looking down at the sea. And she imagined the stars and the planets as great vessels circumnavigating the cosmos, their movement governed not by wind or steam or combustion but by sound and mind and imagination. For all vessels require pilots, even those as wide as the Earth. While Olivia lost herself in
the moon each ceding its place to the other. Wind and rain eroded the building around him, the whores long since gone until only the wall upon which the painting hung still stood. The ground gave way to water, the height of the flooding growing higher with each passing day until he could no longer stand and he found himself battling to stay afloat, his arms and legs aching out of fatigue, his tongue dry as paper and the painting halfway covered up, the splashing of the water smearing the paint,
took from his belt a revolver. Then he did the same to Tenhorse, taking the Indian’s big knife, and Moon, finding no weapon on her. Tenhorse barked a few choice words at the soldier which no one understood. Moon answered back with her own words to Tenhorse. By all accounts, an attempt to calm him. “Quiet down, now,” one of the soldiers said, hitting Tenhorse in the stomach with the butt of his rifle. The one who spoke had two stars attached to his hat and carried himself as the commander of the