The man becomes very sick with a fever, and the boy is scared for him. The man's dreams become more peaceful and in them he's visited by dead kin. They don't move for more than four days and the man recalls a scene from his boyhood when he watched men burn a pile of snakes in a field.The boy has a bad dream and refuses to tell the man what it's about. The man assures the boy that his bad dreams mean he hasn't given up. When they set out on the road again, the man is very weak. They come upon a stretch of road where everything has been burned and people abandoned their belongings. Farther up, they find dead bodies, mummified in agony, melted into the black asphalt. The man says he doesn't want the boy looking, but the boy tells him that the images are already in his head and that they're not leaving.
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