The sarcophagus was empty, the mummy was on the loose, and Corporate expected her to deal with it. Seemed like a lot to ask, especially for minimum wage.
“So where’s the mummy?” Cara asked. She ran her hand along the edge of the sarcophagus.
“Well.” The man in the suit cleared his throat and studied the floor. “It escaped.”
“You mean it was stolen?” she said.
“I mean, it got up and walked away.” With his right hand, the man made a walking movement with his fingers; with his left, he pointed to the corner of the ceiling. “See that camera up there? We got the whole thing on film.”
Slowly, very slowly, Cara pulled her hand away from the sarcophagus and looked around for something to wipe her fingers on.
Dan Brodribb is a Canadian writer and stand-up comic, whose stories have appeared in Canada, the U.S., and Australia.
“The Girl Who Feared Lightning” appears in Black Gate 14. You can read a more complete excerpt here.
The complete Black Gate 14 Sneak Peek is available here.
Art by Bernie Mireault.