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Stranger than Perfect

(Continues from The Knife’s Cold Play)

After I girded my loins with courage,
I put a swagger in my step
and approached encouraged by
the opening gate and hell’s rep:
a lass with a gimlet glare.
Her silver eyes cut the lies.
She was stranger than perfect,
a blue-clad badass with a rare
ability to detect
the nonliving nature of my
ghostly self.

Behind her carnival rides whirled and lights twirled. I stared at the chick from the PATH tunnel. Where was her moonbeam drenched tree?

“Fiona I presume?”

“That depends. Are you Jonah?”

I tried the name on, felt like a whale and took it off. I shook my head. But her question had raised my curiosity. What was my name? What was my story? Was I love-lorn office drone who suicided when his societal and professional pressure kept Jase and me apart? I tried suicide on, but the garment didn’t fit right. I cast it aside. Natural causes itched when I pulled that death on leaving only foul play.

Was I the dead man I’d stumbled on in the alley?

Fiona laughed, and the harsh sounds her mirth made shattered the eerie quiet of the alley.

It was Q&A time. I needed answers. “Did you know—”

I never finished my query. Behind the gates, the rides melted into an orange haze revealing clashing figures. A winter sun cast merciless light on a battlefield. Through the glare, armored knights fought hand to sword. Blood spilled. Limbs littered the ground around an axe-wielding giant of a man.

Find the earlier parts of this series here.

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15 thoughts on “Stranger than Perfect

    1. Is his name Jonah? He took the name off and discarded it if you’ll recall. Fiona has not shown herself to be the picture of honesty either.🙂 Thank you🙂 The characters only reveal so much and then leave me hanging. They want me to keep coming back and writing about them!🙂

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