by Tiel Aisha Ansari
Copyright 2011, Tiel Aisha Ansari
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The city council of New Ys meets in a room overlooking a slaughterhouse. The windows are closed against the stink of blood and offal and the fitful lowing of cows waiting for the fatal bolt. Outside on Commercial Street, barefooted workmen are laying new cobbles on top of old cobbles half-sunk in glutinous black lakeshore mud.