Tales From the Split Worlds – Episode 4: The Second One
Author: Emma Newman
Title: The Second One
Genre: Urban fantasy, magical realism
Frequency: Every Friday
Cathy makes her second wish as the pressure mounts…
The Second One
Standing in the newsagents in King’s Cross station with greasy hair, a blinding headache and mismatched shoes, Cathy wondered if that little thorn of a fairy had stolen some of her luck to funnel it to her ex. She had woken to a broken boiler and spoilt milk, only realising she was wearing the left of one pair of shoes, the right of another pair once on the train, thanks to two boys sniggering in her direction.
Chocolate in one hand, station concourse tea safely paper-cupped in the other, she was looking for something to escape into. She scanned the rows of airbrushed models on magazine covers touting sumptuous cake recipes directly above the ‘secrets’ of losing a dress size in two weeks. The last two wishes and Lord Poppy’s threat loomed over her like a tsunami frozen by the will of a sea god. A parenting magazine reminded her of the price of failure. It was all she could do to unpeel her tongue from the roof of her mouth and not burst into tears.
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