I looked at the camera slot of the doorbell. How much surveillance did she have? Had she heard our conversation before? I knew it was naïve to assume she couldn’t have; with the right spell she’d have heard. What kind of biological magic did she practice? I imagined my decaying corpse being devoured by flesh-eating scavengers under her control. ‘They’d never find enough evidence’.
Month: November 2020
Cory walked into my office without knocking and placed a pile of red cardboard boxes on my desk. A careful look in the boxes and I realised they contained filled manila folders. “The higher ups have decided that you’ll learn by doing.”
“Cleaning up.” Cory opened the top box.
“Cases given to you, and by extension, me. Mostly manifestations people created with their very own brain boxes. I grabbed the easy ones because neither of us is fully trained to handle this.”
“You mean urban legends people thought into existence?”
Previous “There’s someone coming,” Cory whispered. “How can you tell?” I said. “Close your eyes and focus on the part of you that you use to sense ghosts. Mentally roll it in a ball, understand how it works. How it feels and how your mind and body respond to it.” I closed my eyes and …
As I stood in the dining room doorway, I noticed Eli’s parents’ concerned glances at the bruises on my neck, which peeked out of the top of my tight suit collar. Cynthia kept looking at my face, and I knew she was looking at my nose. I hoped I didn’t have a bruise; I should have snuck off to the bathroom before I sat down.
When she sat back down, she had a hard look on her face. “Do you remember the last time you were here?”
“When I was a kid?”