The Imploding Empress

by Kirsty Logan

A million pounds will buy a lot of things, and the empress had most of those things. Trust me said the salesmen, and she did. She believed that objects were the opposite of emptiness. But objects have their own gravity, and greater objects mean more gravity. At the moment the empress added the final jewel to her pinky finger, she flickered out. The rings fell with a clatter to the white marble tiles.

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Kirsty Logan lives in Scotland with her girlfriend and the rain.