Isaac felt a buzz in his pocket and dug out his phone. It was David.
“Hey, man. You good?” Isaac asked. On the other end, David was driving his motorcycle through the city streets, on the way home. He had his phone hooked up to his helmet as usual.
“Yeah, I’m okay. I just… I just needed someone to talk to.”
Isaac nodded slowly with a grimace. He turned off the sketchy street and entered the final stretch to the metro.
“I’m here. You can always talk to me.”
David came to a stop at a red light and glanced to his left. Clear. Right. Clear. Up. Clear. A car pulled next to him and he settled down slightly.
“I need to ask you something… personal,” David said.
Isaac held the phone a little closer to his ear and squinted.
David ground his teeth and looked around again with a shiver.
“This is not… normal,” he struggled to get the final word out.
“Nothing in this town is. Tell me what’s going on.”
David took a deep breath to compose himself. The light turned green and he took off, giving the throttle a good twist to gather speed away from the dark intersection.
“Do you ever see… Emily?” David asked. Isaac froze and gripped the phone tightly. He quickened his pace and leaned in close to the phone to speak in a hushed tone.
“Yes, I do. Initially it was just for a second, like I’d hear her voice in the house or I’d see a brief glimpse of her as I turned. But now I see her just about every day. And I… I talk to her a lot.”
David was silent on the other end. Isaac winced uncomfortably. Eventually, David let out a long bitter sigh.
“Damn, I didn’t know it was that bad. I’m sorry, Isaac.”
Isaac waved the worry away. “You know, at first it scared me. But now I… I want to see her more. I’m happy when she does show up.” “And destroyed when she disappears,” he thought.
“Oh, man….” David didn’t know where to begin. He took a turn and entered a dark stretch that wasn’t illuminated and continued.
“Well, I just got out of the office and-”
“I’m sorry, again about Charlotte,” Isaac cut in. “It’s going to be okay.”
David’s face was stony. He considered ending the call but held off. He had to get this off his chest. “Thank you, but that wasn’t why I was calling.” David trailed off, unable to find the words.
“Right… shit. Okay.” David checked one more time, but again, saw nothing.
“I’ve been seeing that woman all day,” he confessed.
“What woman… Oh.” Isaac realized what was happening.
David nodded. He took another deep breath and blurted the rest. “When the officers brought her down from the ceiling, I could still see her hanging there. Then she just kinda floated there, above everyone. So, there was the corpse on the ground along with her, hanging in the air, staring at me. Later at headquarters I saw her several times while shit was going crazy. She was hanging behind officers and even above my desk.”
Isaac was speechless.
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