By Demetrio Aguilera-Malta (auth.)
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So much the better. Such indifference was one more motive for his vengeance. N ow he' d teach them some respect. To greet him. To drop everything they were doing to listen to his orders. He roared: -Lights! On with the lights! His Assistant complied. An absurd spectaele. The machines kept running. As if operated by invisible beings. Iron pinions and flywheels. Steel axles and levers. Synchronous gears and belts. Mountains of paper: everything needed for the fulfillment of their dynamic task was in endless movement.
Suddenly he stopped. Announced: -The press is outside, gnashing its teeth. Verbophile shrugged his shoulder blades. -Let them continue gnashing. 39 Aguilera-Malta F o u r Inside himself he wove a web of anger. Why hadn' t he recorded a cassette for kidnappings in time? Abducting people, the whole world over, was fashionable. And it was good business besides. He understood. If I weren't wrapped up in the dictatorship business-transforming the country into my own hacienda and its inhabitants into chained peons-I' d be competing with the kidnappers.
To prevent him from emitting the slightest toot. To honor that noble slumber. They thought quickly. The Dictator had to wake up. To confront the situation. To help find solutions. If the ocarina was needed for that, blessed was the instrument! And blessed Bacchus the Groveler for using it. But on the other hand, who would pay for the broken dishes afterwards? StiH they didn' t interfere. They waited off-stagetemporarily. All eyes and ears. A melody sounded. Its rhythm swelled. The Skeleton curled.
Babelandia by Demetrio Aguilera-Malta (auth.)