THE RISING OF THE MOON (Chapter 1)
"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned."
"How long has it been since your last confession?"
"Six weeks and three days."
"A long time," said the priest, then he listened for the response that he had been expecting, and fearing, for years.
"Not if you're an honest man."
Mother of God, thought the priest. "It's coming, then?"
"It's coming soon. That's why I'm here."
The priest turned his face to the screen beside him. In the gentle darkness of the confessional, he could make out reddish hair, a long face, a light, sallow