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Death & Magic
Plague & Poison
Dust & Water (forthcoming)
Jennie, my wife, phoned late one Thursday evening. Not exactly what I expected, seeing as she’d been dead over a year. Then again, she’d always viewed the laws of physics as being open to interpretation.
“Sam? It’s me, Jennie.” She sounded... just as she always did, as if she was calling to tell me she’d be late tonight and ask me to buy something for dinner on my way home.
I couldn’t speak. I could barely move. I might’ve made some mewling noises.
“Sam? Are you there, love? I need to talk to you. Look, I know this will be quite a shock, but I’m not dead.”
By now, I’d fallen to my knees, coughing violently.
“Sam, we don’t have much time. Your phone may well be tapped. Be at... at the place we used to meet before lunch, on Saturday night, with the clock mirrored. Bring cash — a hundred pounds. Come alone. Don’t tell anyone you’re going. A taxi will pick you up.”