By Michael Armstrong
Agviq is the totem of the "Real People," the Inupiaq, who persisted the Arctic territories for 7,000 years—until the trendy global destroyed the traditional methods. yet then the trendy international itself used to be destroyed.
Among others, a white archeologist named Claudia has survived. the folk want her to coach what has been taken; she wishes them—to stay. And jointly, they have to face the ice and confront the ancestors' maximum challenge…
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Jackson Avenue was a wide street, but the crowded houses, blurred with noon-smoke, were mostly wood. Trolley wires webbing the intersection were down, in a snarl, 82 on the corner pavement. Two blocks off, wreckage fumed. Billows cleared charred beams, then rolled to. A block in the other direction a heavy figure with a shopping bag paused mid-trek between corner and corner to watch him watching. Though it was an arbitrary Wednesday afternoon, the feel was of some ominous Sunday morning. 83 There is no articulate resonance.
Someone shook him by the shoulder. His hand gouged moist leaves. The other was suspended. He opened his eye. Evening struck the side of his head so hard he was nauseated. " He opened his eyes again. The throbbing twilight concentrated on one quarter of his head. He pushed himself up. The man, in blue serge, sat back on his heels. " A little ways away, a black man in a sports shirt stood at the clearing's edge. "Don't you think we should take him inside? " The black put his hands in the pockets of his slacks.
Think nothing of it. I heard Bellona was where it was at. It must be, now. I'm here. " He nodded again, disconcerted. "I got a good, honest job. Sold the Tribe on the comer of Market and Van Ness. Here I'm Bellona's oldest newspaper boy. " "Yeah. Look, I didn't mean-" "Something about you, boy. I don't like it. Say-" Eyelids wrinkled behind gold-rimmed lenses-"you're not colored, are you? I mean you're pretty dark. Sort of full-featured. Now, I could say 'spade' like you youngsters. But where I was comin' up, when I was comin' up, they were niggers.
Agviq: The Whale by Michael Armstrong