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This story was originally published in Theme of Absence on October 11, 2014.

The call came just after midnight. A thousand mind-liquefiers had been found in shipping containers on Pier 62.

“A thousand,” I repeated into the phone.

As Chief of Police Special Tactics, I was never supposed to show fear, but I’d be lying if I said that my voice didn’t tremble a bit.

I was at the pier in fifteen flat. This was 1936, mind you, and getting from Depot Junction to the waterfront in less than half an hour was no easy task.

Hart stood alone at the pier when I arrived. He was young, twenty-three or twenty-four I guess, but he was honest, and that’s what really mattered. …


Jeff Suwak

My creative writing’s been published in Stupefying Stories, Dimension6, Spark, Plasma Frequency, Lit Up, other places.

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