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Guilt Unproven

by Rachel Green

I relax against the soft leather of the chaise-longue, cross my legs at the ankles and lace my fingers together just blow my breasts. Doctor Reuben opens the thin file he's compiled from a brief internet search on my name and pseudonym - I can see the corner of a printout with the distinctive blue edge of the first Harold and Jasfoup painting. My GP has referred me to this man with wire rim glasses and hair bristling out of his nostrils because I have "a tenuous grip on reality." I know this because on my first visit I looked at my file when Doctor Reuben was called to reception. He won't find anything wrong with me; at least, nothing he can quantify, for my responses are always as pitch-perfect as if they were served on a plate. I know exactly what he wants to hear because my two favourite demons are reading his mind.

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Rachel Green, whose full catalog is here, is an English woman who spends far too much time writing about demons.

8 comments:

Leatherdykeuk said...

The receptionist nods and smiles to me as I pad from the softly sterile environment of Doctor Reuben’s office into her chair strewn maelstrom of a client recreation lounge. A woman is screaming “I’m not here, I’m not here,” as she rocks with her arms over her head and across from her a boy of twenty or so is pushing pins through his skin. I wonder if he notices the rusted shafts. The room goes quiet as we enter, Jasfoup and Lilith and I, and my demonic companions flap their wings and hiss, forcing the good doctor’s other clients move out of my way. “They always go quiet for you,” says the receptionist, “you should work here.” I pause for a moment and turn and the two demons, visible to everyone but her, cover their ears as I say: “I’d have to be mad.”

mgirl said...

I'm so glad it's daylight outside. You've just sent chills throughout my body. Nicely done!

Joe said...

As usual, greatness can be found in Ms. Green's six sentences!

Harry said...

The first six stands on it's sinister own and the second six supplies the grins as a bonus!

Baby Island said...

Love the bonus piece!!! I am a die hard fan of your writing and this is another fun 6. (fun?? Well you know what I mean..) It's early and my words need more coffee.

Leatherdykeuk said...

mgirl: Thanks for the comment; It wasn't meant to be a chiller but I'm glad it was :)

Joe: Thank you, as ever :)

Harry: I put the second one in as a dialogue with my own past -- it also lets me get the comments mailed to me.

BI: Thank you kindly :) The ones I don't send in usually appear on my blogspot blog.

Anonymous said...

Rachel rules!

Stephanie said...

Brilliant, but then I expect no less.