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The Ghost


by Nicholas Cook


The ghost smokes a cigarette. Behind walls no one can see him. He stays quiet. He was once asked, “Why this lifestyle?”

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He gets a phone call in the middle of the night. A wrong number. "Thanks for calling anyway,” he says. His bed is small and wedged between two walls.

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A draft wakes him. He feels the presence of something alive and human-like on the other side. “Hello?” he says.

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The woman calls the ghost to bed. She opens her blouse. He leans in. All sensation left years before. He hovers silently.

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After he died, the ghost was given a pack of cigarettes, an old Nokia, an address written on a Post-it.
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