The ndrome (/ˈndɹəʊm/) .. ......... made of black rags, and nothing else. Though it has no flesh or organs ... the inner folds of its body are frigid, and hardened by this cold. ... ... it smells like something that spent ... . a long time soaked in ... a foul, brackish fluid repulsive to ... . but which has significantly faded in .. the intensity of this odor.
.. .. . ... it cannot speak.
.. . .... night skies, flat-sided buildings and wide street with little activity, narrow gaps between larger structures, and1 ...
It used to walk by there every night...it stopped, and it looked down onto the whole mess. From the rooftop looking down, I could have imagined its little black fingers resting in the chain-link gaps. Do you want to be one of them? Is that what you're so jealous of?" Javan, Laleh. Untitled, 89
... in its motions2.
.. it likes these war-torn areas, and in the aftershocks, seems to survey the land, moving around perimeters.
The ndrome follows sensitives3. It is not able to walk faster than the pace of whoever it encounters ... .. . ... ... matching their speed completely, and thus following indefinitely at a distance that .. . does not grow longer. Those who run from it, it runs to follow in turn. Those who tiptoe slowly find it moving at a similar pace behind them. ... .. .... .. .. but for it to take chase in this way, .. ... it tears itself apart on obstacles in its path ... .. when shadowing a runner.
When a sensitive decides to move closer to the ndrome, they experience a diminishing of all over senses4, save for the ndrome itself5.
... .. . but, it will not enter certain buildings. At these, it ... . . .... . . . can only stand at the open door ... .. ... shaking, and quivering.
'I wrote these words at first on cotton; they came out too cruel and rotten...' And so on, and so on, and I knew she'd remember this bond we'd shared, and that would be enough." Khakpour, Lobat. The Fountain of Qurratu l-'Ayn, 60
It collapses to a heap when it dies .. .. . and rots the way a sloughed-off skin ... .. might.