Far Fetched Fables No 124 Thana Niveau

“First and Last and Always” by Thana Niveau

(Originally published in Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane.)

Tamsin placed her hands on either side of her phone and gazed intently at the picture of Nicky she’d taken the day before. Her heart soared as she said his name aloud.

“Nicky.”

The flickering candlelight gave him the illusion of movement and Tamsin could almost believe she was watching him through a portal, seeing him as he was right at this moment. After a few seconds the picture faded and the screen went dark. She peered into the smooth black surface, focusing on the afterimage – Nicky in negative, overlaid by the reflection of her eyes and the ghostly glow of the flame.

“Nicky.”

When the image behind her eyes finally faded too she tried to see beyond the scrying glass of the phone’s screen, into whatever dimension the emptiness might reveal. Past, present, future – she didn’t care as long as she saw him.

Thana Niveau is a horror and science fiction writer. Originally from the... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy