Rohan Quine, “The Host in the Attic” – chapter VIII “The Furies close in and feign defeat” – first sample – video
Between the foliage are stretches of glass walls, beyond which the dark of evening presses in, so the contents of the conservatory, sporadically spotlit, are reflected against the blackness.
Noticing himself in half-profile passing under a spotlight, he slows his pace.
He flashes back in memory, to himself in half-profile in the mirror, steamily kissing his new laptop’s pristine hologram … and himself in the mirror beside the pre-corrupted prototype hologram … and himself in the mirror beside the prototype hologram with its ominous first streak of cruelty … and then that hatch, up there in the ceiling at the end of the corridor.
Stopping to stare at himself full-on in the glass, he senses some small, unexpected movement or sound. He listens hard, noticing for the first time a grandfather clock’s tick from the hallway, his own heartbeat, a twig scraping on the glass roof above him…
He creeps down the aisle, glancing between tall plants at the black-lit glass.
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