Rohan Quine, “The Host in the Attic” – chapter V “Portrait infected and shut away” – first sample – video
Late that night, Jaymi has occasion to pass from the lighted main space of his apartment, through the hallway and into his darkened study. He fetches a book and sets off back towards the door, not far from his laptop and the hologram, which he half-glimpses on his desk as he passes it.
About a metre past the hologram, he freezes in his tracks.
He remains standing there in the darkness, breathing a little louder than usual, thinking hard … and not turning round, in dead silence, for several seconds.
At last he cannot stand it. He wheels around and stares at the hologram.
Its eyes have swivelled up to follow him as usual, but now seem to be staring into his own eyes with more of an impudent connection than before. It is different, too… Its expression looks crueller.
He flings the book down and grabs the laptop, without looking further at the hologram but pulling it alongside the screen, so it sweeps through the air beside him as he darts from the room.
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