Prologue

     Fall v. (falling, fallen) – move downward quickly and without control; become less or lower, be captured or defeated in a battle.

     Falling also means the day you enter prison. It is not a forward and willing launch like Thelma and Louise; it is a backward collapse through a trapdoor, a tumbling into an abyss. The brain goes quiet; you become a body without control. You do not exist longer than the breath. Cuffed, you are led into transport. Trees are no longer alive, gravel is soundless. Minutes, hours are meaningless. It is your first submersion into total obedience—your opinions, your anger, your tears are futile. The self disappears.