Raining blood and money

Atherton, Cassandra 2012, Raining blood and money, Southerly, vol. 72, no. 2, pp. 50-55.

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Title Raining blood and money
Author(s) Atherton, Cassandra
Journal name Southerly
Volume number 72
Issue number 2
Start page 50
End page 55
Total pages 6
Publisher Australian English Association, Sydney
Place of publication Sydney, NSW
Publication date 2012
Keyword(s) fire
Lower East Side
Summary A fictocritical piece based on a fire in New York.
A girl jumps from the ninth floor of the Asch Building. People on the sidewalk are screaming for her not to jump. But she has to jump. As she stands on the ledge, her back against the open window, the fire is burning the clothes off her back. She has her head bent forward so her hair doesn't catch alight as she waves a handkerchief at the crowd. The windows on the floor beneath her start to explode. Tongues of flame lick at her feet. So she jumps. It's a definite jump, as she bends her knees before she leaps over the edge. It's not a graceful jump. Her arms begin to flail as she struggles to stay upright. There are gasps from the crowd, a few screams. Some people turn away. Others are transfixed, watching her as she falls. Suddenly, her dress catches on a hook jutting out of wall below and she is suspended in the air, mid-fall. But the ladders still can't reach her and so it is just a cruel pause in her inevitable death. She hangs there like a ragdoll until her dress burns itself free from her body and she resumes her fall. She lands on the pavement on the west - ward side of New York University building. Thud-dead...
Language eng
Field of Research 190402 Creative Writing (incl Playwriting)
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category J2.1 Minor original creative work
ERA Research output type JO3 Original creative work - Textual work
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30055462

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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