1. Exquisite Tweets from @jeffnoon

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    1. Under cover of darkness Möbius slipped across the border. The guide was not there to meet him. He spent hours trying to find the pathway.

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    2. He was lost. He could hear dogs howling, the border guards shouting. Branches cut at his face as he ran. The moon was clouded over.

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    3. He crossed a stream, hoping it would clean his traces. But still the hounds pursued him. He could hear them behind, getting closer...

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    4. He stumbled on blindly and hit a fence, a wire fence. The borderline! He must’ve doubled back, in the confusion. He ran along its length.

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    5. He reached a hole, where the wire was cut open. Was this the same opening he’d made himself? He couldn’t tell. But he slipped through.

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    6. He ran on. Where else could he go? He no longer knew which country he was in. Branches, dogs howling, a stream, the border fence looming.

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    7. There was an opening. The fence formed a circle, and he was in the middle, that was the only explanation. He squeezed through the hole.

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    8. And he ran on in the dark, in the pitch black until he hit the fence and he squeezed through the hole, and he ran on in the dark...

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    9. The guards never did find him. The hounds followed his scent over land, across stream, through woods, until it faded away into thin air.

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    10. Thin air. Dust. Drifting petals. Bird song. Leaf shadows. Rain. A piece of cloth on a thorn. A whisper. Breath. Twig crackle. Moonlight.

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