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The hour of the defeated Eliot had to stop to urinate. He looked behind him. This city is on the up. A wisp of steam ascended softly in swirls into the descending night. Fifteen new skyscrapers, said Harold. Harold was on lookout, he could feel the danger. It’s like Florence, said Eliot shaking. He zipped up his fly. Harold watched him wipe his hands upon his trousers. You mean the towers of Bologna, said Harold. Yes, that’s the place, said Eliot. Harold was about to point out a star, but it was an airplane. I once read about the Investiture Controversy, said Eliot. The streets were deserted. It was that strange hour between the bankers leaving and the night crowd. Eliot wasn’t smiling. A bead of sweat appeared upon his brow. Another turned up and caught the last of the light. Magic is so simple really. If magic was complex then nobody would care. Magic has to be simple. They’d climb up those towers and throw down rocks, said Eliot. Here it is tables, computers, and chairs, said Harold. They laughed. The other week there was a terrible fight and a man was killed by a falling coffee maker, said Eliot. It landed upon his head and killed him on the spot. Their pace had quickened. Eliot suddenly realized that he would not eat again until the morning. He was lost in a sea of drink. A sadness he knew well was now climbing upon his back. I saw one eviscerated, it wasn’t a pretty sight, his insides poured out, he was an old banker, he tried to mix it up with a young buck. The blade zipped through his protruding gut with ease, like a wine sack bursting, said Harold. Wind careened through the skyscrapers, wind that only a city could produce.

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