Saturday, January 12, 2008

Inmate #436 (Halcyon Days)


Alison Hewitt stared up at Meinwen, one eye socket scarred and empty from where she’d dug out the orb with a knitting needle. Meinwen stepped back.

“You’re sure she can’t see me?”

“It’s a closed circuit camera,” said the guard, amused at her alarm. “She can’t see anybody.”

“But she looked right at me.”

“She knows the camera’s there, that’s all. She looks into it all the time.”

“How do you know?”

“She just does. Whenever any of us look in on her she turns her head to the camera.”

Meinwen took out her notebook and pressed the tip of her biro. “How do you know she isn’t just sensing someone watching her then?”

“She can’t. She’s not psychic.”

“How do you know?”

The guard narrowed his eyes. “Are you being funny? She killed her children with a meat skewer because she thought they were goblins.”

Meinwen fixed him with a level gaze. “Are you sure she was wrong?”

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