What happened before: after realizing that Heaven isn’t what he had expected, a place more violent and decadent than he had wished for, Vance, the hero of the story decides to escape.
Just before they reached the line of trees, Vance heard a single shout behind him. He stopped and turned around. A man stood next to the shelter. He was dressed in black trousers and a black shirt. He was too far away for his face to be discernible, yet Vance could recognize that it was Isaac Nedbal, Menterie’s husband. Isaac stood very still, his arms along his sides, and appeared to be watching Vance. They stared at each other for a few seconds. Isaac shouted something at him, but the wind carried away the words. Vance put his hands behind his ears and shook his head.
Isaac waved at him, waved at him to come back. At the same time, he set off in Vance’s direction, following the trail of broken grass that Vance and the dog had left behind.
For a split second, Isaac, in his black clothing, resembled a sinhound – a dark priest or an imam coming down from the doors of a house of worship. An inexplicable fear got a grip on Vance’s heart, and without a moment’s hesitation, he turned around. The dog had already disappeared between the trees and Vance could hear him growling a little farther off. Without looking back he followed the animal.
It was as if the forest swallowed them both. Vance determined their speed. Hurrying along, he drove Eugene forward, ensuring that the dog could decide on the direction to take.
Escaping through a dense forest, Vance hits upon a mansion on the border of Heaven and our world. He quickly recognizes the house and its owner.
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