Deadlands Noir Extinct in the Big Easy

Seeing an Old Friend

Now here we go, on a holiday. How’m I supposed to leave my girl alone with that shade attached to her? But I’m going, because last night, after everyone left and I was resting in my room before checkout, something else occurred to make me wonder…

I was washing my face, and looked up, and there in the mirror, standing behind me, was Sally, I swear, looking pretty much like she did the Christmas before she passed. Only, she was silver grey allover, and I could see through her; and she was worried looking. Well, I startled and dropped my cloth into the water and a big drop splashed right through her hand, ‘cause she reached for me— for my arm. I turned and she began to fade, but she was talking to me, with no sound, so I asked, What you want, Sal? Are you okay? Don’t worry about the diner, it’s being fixed. She didn’t answer, and I don’t know that she heard— didn’t react as if she did. I tried to move closer to her, but she just kept talking, and fading, and then she was gone.

When I turned out the bathroom light after I dried my face, I think I saw a dark shadow out of the corner of my eye, edging into the corner of the mirror.


I bet now you’re wishing you’d taken lip-reading as a skill!

Seeing an Old Friend

I'm sorry, but we no longer support this web browser. Please upgrade your browser or install Chrome or Firefox to enjoy the full functionality of this site.