Elsewheres

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

A curious event

Elsewhere

She had the only place left in town, because no one else would stay there. He knocked on her door and she let him in. They agreed a price and she showed him to his room. When she’d left him alone, he emptied his bag onto the bed and surveyed the items lying there; a rosary, a large coin and a map. He picked up the map and put it into his breast pocket and the coin he dropped into the pouch hanging from his belt. He left the rosary on the bed. He closed the door behind him, crept down the stairs and slipped out into the night.

Later, she called him for supper, but there was no answer. She went back to her small kitchen, poured herself a coffee and sat in an easy chair by the stove. Gradually she became sleepy and her chin rested on her breast as she slept. She dreamed of the man and he was in the desert. It was night, but not cold.

The man beckoned to her gravely and showed her the palm of his hand, where a strange shape moved, its colours changing constantly. When she looked back at his face, she saw that he was smiling now. He had a kind mouth. She caught movement in the corner of her eye and turned as a large black dog walked through her kitchen and stood beside the man in the desert.

He gestured for the dog to dig and it obeyed, throwing large sprays of sand behind it. Presently, it stopped and sat beside the hole it had made. She gazed into the hole and saw herself in her kitchen.

She looked back at the man. He took a map from his breast pocket and handed it to her. Then he gave her a large coin from a pouch beneath his belt. As she took it, it melted into her palm and left a strange mark that swirled with colour. She looked at the map and understood where she should go, what she should do. She could still smell the coffee on her stove, but this would fade, she knew.


Submitted: November 12, 2012

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