The Last Vigil
Francis W. Porretto
Copyright (C) 2010 by Francis W. Porretto
Cover art by Francis W. Porretto
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(Most of us would like to have had more of a say about the stations in life we've come to occupy. We don't get to choose our parents, for example. But what of the man who finds himself assigned to perform a dreadful deed -- one he cannot, but any exertion of will or imagination, avert?)
The darkness was absolute. No fire burned within range of his sight. Neither moon nor stars bedecked the sky. Had he not taken his post in daylight, he would not have known where he stood. Only the rough stone wall of the crypt against his back served to remind him of it.