Favourite First Lines

The opening line of a short story is perhaps the most critical sentence in the entire story. A good opener makes the reader want to know what happens. Since there are only a few thousand words, you need to make sure that you have the reader's undivided attention from the first sentence.

One of my favourite opening sentences: “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” - Stephen King, The Gunslinger.

What are your favourite opening lines?

'I say we have a bitter heritage, but that is not to run it down.' (Randolph Stow, Tourmaline, 1963)

It's hard to top The Gunslinger, but I like Fear and Loathing:

 'We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.' Incredibly evocative.

I wanted to quote Less than Zero by Brett Easton Ellis too, but my copy is nowhere to be found suddenly :-x