The Longest Shard: 10

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Tale of Fortune, originally published in spring of 2020, is a time-hopping prequel to Soldier of Fortune, and offers no spoilers. 

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Day  1561


In the middle of the desert, Gideon licked lips long gone dry. He glanced up at the suns, creeping ever closer to the horizon, then looked back to confirm that the apparition of Renny Boucher was still standing at his side.

“I can see this is a lot to process,” Renny said. 

“It would be,” Gideon said, “but since neither of us believe in you, I think I’ll skip the processing and just,” he gestured vaguely forward, “move on.” Suiting action to word, he took a step, then paused. 

Had he been at 4,261, or 4,262? 

With a grimace, he opted to err on the side of caution and start at 4,261. 

“Actually, you were at four thousand, two hundred fifty-nine.” 

Gideon stopped to look at Renny. “Do spirits read minds?” 

“Perhaps,” Renny said, lips pursed as he mused. “But since neither of us believe in ghosts, it may be I am nothing more than a hallucination, in which case I would know everything you know, because you made me up.” 

“And why would I do that?” Gideon asked, hands flying out in frustration. “Of all the people on Fortune, why would I decide to see you?” 

“Perhaps it’s to do with our unfinished business?” Renny suggested. 

“Our business is dead and buried,” Gideon said, and started to walk again. 

… 4,259…

… 4,260…

… 4,261…

“Dead, of a certainty,” Renny agreed, skipping to catch up.

 

This is probably a good time to share (or remind prior readers) of who I had in mind as Renny. Because I don't always cast my characters, but when I do, they move in, set up house, and throw a party.


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