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Tales From the Split Worlds Episode 15: Fallout

June 11, 2010

Author: Emma Newman
Title: Fallout
Genre: Urban fantasy, magical realism
Rating: g
Frequency: Every Friday

Cathy suffers the after-effects of Lord Poppy’s visit

Fallout

Cathy blinked at the mirror in front of her, confused by the fact she couldn’t see her reflection. The surface of the glass was rippling like a pond recovering from a pebble’s impact. She couldn’t even remember how she’d got here.

Her head felt as if it had been stuffed full of cotton wool after she’d been spun around several times. She slowly became aware of a dull roar from a crowd in a nearby room and remembered where she was. It didn’t sound like any engagement party that she could imagine.

“Excuse me please,” said a timid voice and she turned to face a young man dressed as an assembly room servant, gesturing at the mirror. “I need to go through too.”

“Wait,” she said, stepping aside. “Don’t I know you?”

He shook his head. “No. I’m nobody.” He stepped through the rippling glass and she realised this was a way through to the other world. She took a couple of hurried steps back as the glass solidified and she was left staring at her reflection.

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