“They flooded the valley to fill the reservoir upstream…drowned the waterfall. It brought the water to the hotel’s front doorstep, but there was nothing anyone wanted to see anymore.”

“And the rebels, right? I heard they started attacking cars on the road.”

“Yes, but never this far up in the hills.”

“Why not?”

“When the rebellion was first finding its feet, back when it was about freedom and equality instead of protecting drug profits, the rebels sent a patrol to the hotel, which had been closed almost thirty years. They’d heard that some right-wingers were hiding there.”


“And they were never seen again. The rebels are powerful here, but they’re not stupid. Spirits do not read Marx and Mao.”

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