Rohan Quine, “The Host in the Attic” – chapter V “Portrait infected and shut away” – second sample – video
He strides through the hallway into the bathroom and flicks the lights on, ineffectual though they are. Taking care to avoid appearing in the mirror at all, as yet, he holds the laptop up beside his own head and stabilises his grip on it, with the hologram on the other side of the keyboard from himself.
Then he sidles closer to the wall-mirror, cautious and crab-like, with terror mounting in him.
By degrees he creeps and agonises nearer to the point where he starts to see, reflected in the mirror, first his own image, looking murderous … and then the laptop … and then, very slowly, the hologram.
The head inches painfully into view, staring straight at Jaymi where it hovers in the spotlight. Jaymi’s eyes bore into it, caressing its face with minute, probing flicks across its width and height…
And there’s no avoiding it. The face is still beautiful, but there’s an unmistakably increased touch of cruelty in its lineaments.
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