Hidden Cities 15.4 Green and Black
by Patrick Coughlin
After the tragedy, twelve year old Greene Vardim Black’s body was whole and healthy, minus half a finger, but he was unresponsive to communication. His conscious mind was deep in his empty head, so he was remanded by the state to the care of The Deitch Center of Mental Health. They said he was a high functioning catatonic, which meant that for a person who recognized no human contact, that seemed the blankest of slates, devoid of motivation or personal ambition on any level, he needed no help in his own maintenance, and was easily led about. This was due to the bodiless Entities within his head, who took turns piloting his body under strict rules of conduct. His body had become a ship within which he was just another passenger among many.
A fellow patient, name of David Green, took an instant liking to Greene Vardim Black, and came to spent a lot of time with him, never minding his eternal silence. David Green was an eloquent and talkative sort of gentleman philosopher, deeply committed to traditional good manners and the charismatic arts of etiquette. Occasionally Greene would return to his body just to talk with David Green, who kept Greene’s secret well, the very soul of discretion.
When Grissom Black came to get him, Greene asked if his friend David Green could come with them.
Grissom Black took David Green to the side and thanked him for being a friend to his nephew. He gave him a card with his address, and told him that if and when he left the Deitch Center, he would be welcome at his house. But he must write first. He would never find the house otherwise.
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