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their ears. Their lungs were draw­ing quick, shal­low breaths. They hy­per­ven­ti­lated and the white hoods bil­lowed out in front of their faces with ev­ery ex­ha­la­tion, only to be sucked in by the next des­per­ate gasp for air. In this last mo­ment be­fore death ev­ery sy­napse, ev­ery sinew was alive with the most acute sense of the present, the here and the now.

That long sec­ond ended as the hang­man, in a smooth and prac­tised move­ment, dis­en­gaged the clutch and pushed the lever for­ward. The es­corts, act­ing as if on an un­spo­ken com­mand, si­mul­ta­ne­ously let go of

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