Come with us to the environs of the wretched town of Disdain, New Mexico, in that momentous September of 1969...
Our heroes the (recently discharged young soldier Harvey and the mysterious and beautiful couple Dick and Daphne Ridpath) have finally set out on horseback from the ranch of the blowhard rancher Big Jake Johnstone.
Little do they know that they are being spied upon by Moloch, the former Oxford don who commands the vile motorcycle gang called the Motorpsychos. (Two nights before Dick shot and killed one of Moloch’s men in self-defense, and humbled Moloch himself before his men...)
Moloch adjusted the telescope and saw them quite clearly cantering down the road from the ranch.
He stood behind a large crucifixion-thorn bush, and behind him on the mesa sat the Motorpsychos on their hogs.
Testicle tapped him on the shoulder.
“It’s them people, ain’t it?”
Moloch put down the glass and fixed Testicle coldly with his one good eye.
“You know I don’t like to be touched.”
“Uh, I’m sorry, Moloch.”
They looked at each other and Moloch considered the possibilities:
Throw the swine into the thorns of the bush.
Smash him in the face with the butt of his knife.
Drive the knife’s blade into his fat gut.
Or let it pass.
He saw the pathetic fear in Testicle’s eyes and, suddenly, Moloch was appeased. The acknowledgment of terror was enough. Enough for now. He turned away and raised the glass again.
“Yes, it’s them. Soldier boy. And Nick and Nora.”
“Is that their names?”
“Let’s take them, Moloch.”
Moloch gave him another cold stare.
“I mean,” said Testicle, “if you think we should, or --”
“Or -- whatever you think we should do.”
He turned and raised the telescope again.
“No. We’ll wait.”
His immediate reason for saying this was simply to put this arsewipe Testicle in his place. But something else inclined him to forestall the pleasure of wreaking a very nasty vengeance on these people. As much as he hated to think, he felt the need to think, to brood. Upon that man who had so humiliated him.
“Sometimes my dear Testicle you will find that if it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well it were not done quickly.”
“Uh, yeah. Dat’s right.”
Moloch shut the scope up and put it back in its case.
“Come, let us find some teenagers and sell them hard drugs.”****
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