The old man woke abruptly, like a man surprised, like a man chased or cheated out of sleep. He breathed rapidly and stared unhappily at the slits of cold sunshine that sliced his bedroom walls. He lay still on his left side for some moments, peering at the room.
‘The organization disguised a truth that he found troubling. It was the mere exemplification of the togetherness of the departed, of their unusual brotherhood. One of the strangest things about those who had left was how easily they found each other.’