I jumped out of my skin at his voice, it was so different.
"Lord, hear our prayer!"
It was deep, like a proper grown-up, and loud, too. Not in a shouty way, but different, like it filled the whole sky.
"Accept this, our sacrifice..." He stood unmoving. Both his hands were raised into the air, and he held them there in silence as sweat flooded from his red face and down his neck. White spit dribbled from the corners of his mouth. His eyes widened and blazed with excitement.
"...so that we may find release from this heat."