1. THE DESTROYER
A SHATTERING OF GLASS.
A monstrous crash echoing through the glass-domed restaurant—and then a second sound so horrid and final it could have meant the very end of the world. The way thunder must sound to a man struck by lightning. The ear-piercing rattle of breaking glass, combined with the deep wooden crunch that followed, pinned the high and low ends of human hearing, and what remained between were dying dissonant chords like that of a shattered—
The restaurant’s maitre d’ could not yet believe his eyes. He stood dumbfounded, trying to figure out what on...