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Extrait ajouté par Caro02 2013-09-02T19:28:55+02:00

" Puis elle l'entendit : de la musique. Mais qui ne ressemblait à aucune musique de sa connaissance. Ca lui fit d'abord l'impression d'un son creux, lointain, comme le souffle du vent, et puis, derrière, ça monta, des notes hautes comme un chant d'oiseau qui se mirent à danser dans sa tête. Le son prit forme et consistance, semblant venir de toutes les directions, et elle sut ce qu'elle entendait : une tempête. Elle se la représentait dans son esprit, une grande tempête de musique qui se déchaînait. Elle n'avait jamais rien entendu d'aussi beau de toute sa vie.

[...]

- Je voulais juste te faire entendre à quoi tu ressembles, dit Elton. "

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Extrait ajouté par x-Key 2011-03-17T21:25:37+01:00

Avant de devenir la Fille de nulle part - Celle qui vint en marchant, la Première, la Dernière et la Seule, et qui vécut mille ans-, ce n'était qu'une petite fille appelée Amy.

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Extrait ajouté par lelette1610 2017-09-15T20:26:19+02:00

Ils enlevèrent les livres des étagères et les mirent en tas près de la réception. Le papier s'enflamma facilement, les flammes commencèrent à bondir d'un livre à l'autre. Ils ressortirent par la porte, reculèrent d'une cinquantaine de mètres pour regarder flamber le bâtiment. Peter but un peu à sa gourde, mais rien n'aurait pu ôter le goût qu'il avait dans la bouche ; la puanteur des cadavres, de la mort. Il savait que le spectacle que ses yeux avaient contemplé lui resterait jusqu'à la fin de ses jours.

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Extrait ajouté par antoine18 2016-09-26T15:19:32+02:00

Wolgast had been to the Compound only once, the previous summer, to meet with Colonel Sykes. Not a job interview, exactly; it had been made clear to Wolgast that the assignment was his if he wanted it. A pair of soldiers drove him in a van with blacked out windows, but Wolgast could tell they were taking him west from Denver, into the mountains. The drive took six hours, and by the time they pulled into the Compound, he’d actually managed to fall asleep. He stepped from the van into the bright sunshine of a summer afternoon. He stretched and looked around. From the topography, he’d have guessed he was somewhere around Telluride. It could have been further north. The air felt thin and clean in his lungs; he felt the dull throb of a high-altitude headache at the top of his skull.

He was met in the parking lot by a civilian, a compact man dressed in jeans and a khaki shirt rolled at the sleeves, a pair of old-fashioned aviators perched on his wide, faintly bulbous nose. This was Richards.

“Hope the ride wasn’t too bad,” Richards said as they shook hands. Up close Wolgast saw that Richards’ cheeks were pockmarked with old acne scars. “We’re pretty high up here. If you’re not used to it, you’ll want to take it easy.”

Richards escorted Wolgast across the parking area to a building he called the Chalet, which was exactly what it sounded like: a large Tudor structure, three stories tall, with the exposed timbers of an old-fashioned sportsman’s lodge. The mountains had once been full of these places, Wolgast knew, hulking relics from an era before time-share condos and modern resorts. The building faced an open lawn, and beyond, at a hundred yards or so, a cluster of more workaday structures: cinderblock barracks, a half-dozen military inflatables, a low-slung building that resembled a roadside motel. Military vehicles, Humvees and smaller jeeps and five ton trucks, were moving up and down the drive; in the center of the lawn, a group of men with broad chests and trim haircuts, naked to the waist, were sunning themselves on lawn chairs.

Stepping into the Chalet, Wolgast had the disorienting sensation of peeking behind a movie set; the place had been gutted to the studs, its original architecture replaced by the neutral textures of a modern office building: gray carpeting, institutional lighting, acoustic tile drop ceilings. He might have been in a dentist’s office, or the high-rise off the freeway where he met his accountant once a year to do his taxes. They stopped at the front desk, where Richards asked him to turn over his handheld and his weapon, which he passed to the guard, a kid in cammos, who tagged them. There was an elevator, but Richards walked past it and led Wolgast down a narrow hallway to a heavy metal door that opened on a flight of stairs. They ascended to the second floor, and made their way down another non-descript hallway to Sykes’ office.

Sykes rose from behind his desk as they entered: a tall, well-built man in uniform, his chest spangled with the various bars and little bits of color that Wolgast had never understood. His office was neat as a pin, its arrangement of objects, right down to the framed photos on his desk, giving the impression of having been placed for maximum efficiency. Resting in the center of the desk was a single manila folder, fat with folded paper. Wolgast knew it was almost certainly his personnel file, or some version of it.

They shook hands and Sykes offered him coffee, which Wolgast accepted. He wasn’t drowsy but the caffeine, he knew, would help the headache.

“Sorry about the bullshit with the van,” Sykes said, and waved him to a chair. “That’s just how we do things.”

A soldier brought in the coffee, a plastic carafe and two china cups on a tray. Richards remained standing behind Sykes’ desk, his back to the broad windows that looked out on the woodlands that ringed the Compound. Sykes explained what he wanted Wolgast to do. It was all quite straight forward, he said, and by now Wolgast knew the basics. The Army needed between ten and twenty death-row inmates to serve in the third-stage trials of an experimental drug therapy, codenamed Project Noah. In exchange for their consent, these men would have their sentences commuted to life without parole. It would be Wolgast’s job to obtain the signatures of these men, nothing more. Everything had been legally vetted, but because the project was a matter of national security, all of these men would be declared legally dead. Thereafter, they would spend the rest of their lives in the care of the federal penal system, a white-collar prison camp, under assumed identities. The men would be chosen based upon a number of factors, but all would be men between the ages of twenty and thirty-five with no living first-degree relatives. Wolgast would report directly to Sykes; he’d have no other contact, though he’d remain, technically, in the employment of the Bureau.

“Do I have to pick them?” Wolgast asked.

Sykes shook his head. “That’s our job. You’ll get your orders from me. All you have to do is get their consent. Once they’re signed on, the Army will take it from there. They’ll be moved to the nearest federal lock-up, then we’ll transport them here.”

Wolgast thought a moment. “Colonel, I have to ask--“

“What we’re doing?” He seemed, at that moment, to permit himself an almost human-looking smile.

Wolgast nodded. “I understand I can’t be very specific. But I’m going to be asking them to sign over their whole lives. I have to tell them something.”

Sykes exchanged a look with Richards, who shrugged. “I’ll leave you now,” Richards said, and nodded at Wolgast. “Agent.”

When Richards had left, Sykes leaned back in his chair. “I’m not a biochemist, agent. You’ll have to be satisfied with the layman’s version. Here’s the background, at least the part I can tell you. About ten years ago, the CDC got a call from a doctor in La Paz. He had four patients, all Americans, who had come down with what looked like Hantavirus – high fever, vomiting, muscle pain, headache, hypoxemia. The four of them had been part of an eco-tour, deep in the jungle. They claimed that they were part of a group of fourteen but had gotten separated from the others and had been wandering in the jungle for weeks. It was sheer luck that they’d stumbled onto a remote trading post run by a bunch of Franciscan friars, who arranged their transport to La Paz. Now, Hanta isn’t the common cold, but it’s not exactly rare, either, so none of this would have been more than a blip on the CDC’s radar if not for one thing. All of them were terminal cancer patients. The tour was organized by an organization called ‘Last Wish.’ You’ve heard of them?”

Wolgast nodded. “I thought they just took people skydiving, things like that.”

“That’s what I thought, too. But apparently not. Of the four, one had an inoperable brain tumor, two had acute lymphocytic leukemia, and the fourth had ovarian cancer. And every single one of them became well. Not just the Hanta, or whatever it was. No cancer. Not a trace.”

Wolgast felt lost. “I don’t get it.”

Sykes sipped his coffee. “Well, neither did anyone at the CDC. But something had happened, some interaction between their immune systems and something, most likely viral, that they’d been exposed to in the jungle. Something they ate? The water they drank? No one could figure it out. They couldn’t even say exactly where they’d been.” He leaned forward over his desk. “Do you know what the thymus gland is?”

Wolgast shook his head.

Sykes pointed at his chest, just above the breastbone. “Little thing in here, between the sternum and the trachea, about the size of an acorn. In most people, it’s atrophied completely by puberty, and you could go your whole life not knowing you had one, unless it was diseased. Nobody really knows what it does, or at least they didn’t, until they ran scans on these four patients. The thymus had somehow turned itself back on. More than back on: it had enlarged to three times its usual size. It looked like a malignancy but it wasn’t. And their immune systems had gone into overdrive. A hugely accelerated rate of cellular regeneration. And there were other benefits. Remember these were cancer patients, all over fifty. It was like they were teenagers again. Smell, hearing, vision, skin tone, lung volume, physical strength and endurance, even sexual function. One of the men actually grew back a full head of hair.”

“A virus did this?’

Sykes nodded. “Like I said, this is the layman’s version. But I’ve got people downstairs who think that’s exactly what happened. Some of them have degrees in subjects I can’t even spell. They talk to me like I’m a child, and they’re not wrong.”

“What happened to them? The four patients.”

Sykes leaned back in his chair, his face darkening a little. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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Extrait ajouté par Aina66 2014-07-12T23:53:01+02:00

-[...] C'est tout, fit-elle en reniflant, et elle s'essuya les yeux. Je t'en ai déjà trop dit. Je suis juste heureuse de t'avoir connu tout ce temps.

Il la regarda, vit son visage défait, et il sut.

Le Colonel n'était pas le vrai secret. Le vrai secret c'était lui, Peter. Il était le secret qu'elle avait gardé. Qu'ils avaient gardé, chacun, l'un pour l'autre, et jusque pour eux-mêmes.

Il tendit la main vers elle.

-Alicia, écoute...

-Ne fais pas ça. Non.

Pourtant elle ne recula pas.

-Ces trois jours, quand j'ai cru que tu étais morte et que je n'étais pas là... J'avais toujours pensé que je serai là.

-Bon sang, Peter.

Elle tremblait, et il sentait la pesanteur de son combat.

-Tu ne peux pas faire ça maintenant. C'est trop tard, Peter. C'est trop tard.

-Je sais.

-Ne le dis pas. Je t'en prie. Tu as dit que tu me comprenais.

Oui, il comprenait. Tout ce qu'ils étaient l'un pour l'autre semblait contenu dans ce simple fait. Il n'éprouvait aucune surprise, même pas du regret, plutôt une profonde et soudaine gratitude, et en même temps, une force lumineuse, qui l'emplissait comme un souffle d'air hivernal. Il se demanda ce qu'était ce sentiment, et puis il sut: il renonçait à elle.

Elle se laissa alors prendre dans ses bras, attirer dans les pans ouverts de son blouson. Il la serra contre lui, comme elle l'avait serré, il y avait des jours, dans la tente de Vorhees. Le même au revoir, à l'envers. Il sentit qu'elle se raidissait, puis s'abandonnait, se faisait toute petite dans son étreinte.

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Extrait ajouté par Annacorner 2014-05-11T18:10:11+02:00

Il ferma étroitement les paupières et s'obligea à une parfaite immobilité, attendant le bruit de la trappe arrachée de ses charnières. Son fusil était par terre, à côté de lui. Il pourrait tirer un coup ou deux, pas davantage.

Les secondes s’égrenèrent. D'autres tremblements au-dessus, la respiration âpre, frénétique, des viruls qui avaient flairé l'homme. Senti le sang dans l'air. Mais il y avait quelque chose d'inhabituel ; il percevait leur incertitude. La fille était plaquée sur lui. Le protégeant, lui faisant un bouclier de son corps. Au-dessus, le silence. Les viruls étaient-ils partis ? Une minute passa, puis une autre. Il cessa de s'interroger au sujet des viruls pour se demander ce que la fille allait faire. Enfin, elle descendit de son dos. Il se mit à genoux. Leurs deux visages n'étaient séparés que de quelques centimètres. La douce courbe de sa joue était enfantine, mais pas ses yeux, pas du tout, même.

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Extrait ajouté par amel78s 2014-04-18T16:05:13+02:00

Quand même, vers quels drôles d'endroits la vie peut nous conduire. Quels noirs passages.

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Extrait ajouté par amel78s 2014-04-18T16:01:42+02:00

On était là, ensemble, la Première Nuit, quand les lumières se sont allumées, éteignant les étoiles. Et pendant toutes les années qui ont suivi, ces dizaines et ces dizaines d'années, jamais, pas une seule fois, je n'ai revu les étoiles.

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Extrait ajouté par amel78s 2014-04-18T15:47:18+02:00

- Putain de merde ! s'exclama Doyle. Vous les avez tués !

Price était tombé face contre terre derrière son bureau. Richards s'agenouilla à côté de lui et tapota ses poches jusqu'à ce qu'il trouve la clé des menottes, qu'il lança à Wolgast. Il agita mollement son flingue en direction de Doyle qui lorgnait l'armoire d'armes.

- Je ne ferais pas ça, dit-il d'un ton raisonnable, et Doyle s'assit.

- Vous n'allez pas nous tuer, fit Wolgast en libérant ses mains.

- Pas tout de suite, répondit Richards.

Amy s'était mise à pleurer, la poitrine soulevée de sanglots. Wolgast donna la clé à Doyle, prit la fillette et la serra sur son cœur. Son petit corps s'abandonna dans ses bras.

- Je suis désolé. Je suis désolé.

C'est tout ce qu'il arrivait à dire.

- Très touchant, fit Richards en tendant à Doyle le petit sac à dos qui contenait les affaires d'Amy. Mais si on ne part pas tout de suite, je vais être obligé de tuer encore plus de gens, et je trouve que la matinée a déjà été très chargée.

Wolgast pensa à la cafétéria. Il était possible que tout le monde, là-bas, soit mort aussi. Amy hoquetait contre sa poitrine. Il sentait ses larmes trempaient sa chemise.

- Enfin, merde, ce n'est qu'une petite fille !

Richards se renfrogna.

- Pourquoi tout le monde répète-t-il ça ? Allez, dit-il en indiquant la porte avec son arme. On y va.

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Extrait ajouté par amel78s 2014-04-18T15:38:17+02:00

- Tu ne m'as jamais vue, Elton. Comment peux-tu savoir de quoi j'ai l'air ?

Elton haussa les épaules, ses yeux inutiles roulant vers le haut derrière leurs paupières tombantes - comme s'il regardait Sara dans les ténèbres de son esprit.

- Ta voix, la façon dont tu me parles, dont tu parles à Michael. La façon que tu as de t'occuper de lui. On est beau quand on fait de belles choses, c'est ce que je dis toujours.

Elle s'entendit soupirer.

- Ce n'est pas l'impression que j'ai.

- Fais confiance au vieil Elton, dit-il avec un petit rire silencieux. Quelqu'un finira par t'aimer.

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