Selected stories from the magazine
Everyone stared at me like I lost my mind. In one hand, I clutched my purse. With the other, I smoothed down my favorite purple dress. The one that snatched my curves. I checked to make sure the purple rose I put in my kinky hair was still in place. I know folks were looking at my face in disbelief. I had applied layers of shimmery eyeshadow and stained my lips a luscious berry. I heard someone say “umph” as I stopped in front of Zora’s grave. I gave a slight shrug. Let these fools mourn Zora’s life wearing all black and moaning goodbye songs. They know Zora would’ve laughed at them. But folks get weird about funerals. They think they have to do everything “respectably.”
Unfortunately, there is no mistake,” she said, closing the file.”
Alberta Finch, the city coroner handed the file folder to Chief Detective Beasley Whitfield.
Whitfield looked at the folder. She ignored the myriad phone calls blaring in the squad room. Three of her officers had died horribly and inexplicably. Whitfield wanted to know how and why. So far, she didn’t like what she was learning.
Still, Finch was a thorough and serious woman. She rarely if ever made mistakes.
“None? Whitfield asked pleadingly.
Finch stared at her and said nothing.
Whitfield was getting flustered, something she seldom did. She looked out at the early morning traffic and silently prayed for answers.
“The killers must have been animals, and humans put bites there to throw us off..”
“What? Finch said obviously annoyed.
“Yeah, it’s easy to get human saliva.” Whitfield was reaching and both women knew it.
Finch wasn’t having it. She was an old soldier kind of coroner. She didn’t believe in guess work. She believed in science. The data was conclusive.
She straightened herself up to her full 5 foot height and said,
“There has been no trace of animal hair, dander or anything else. Listen, I’m a coroner not a fucking zoologist. The teeth marks were clearly human. People bit and sucked every ounce of blood out of three police officers.”
The Gift of Twilight allows one to circumvent the forces that make the world what it is. A power as great as this will not stay with me forever, eventually I will perish and this Gift will be passed down to my descendants. I wish for many grandchildren, I can sense that my children will have many and that they will have many… I digress, this journal serves as a tool for my grandchildren and descendants. I can only hope that you will accept this Gift when you are presented with your truth, and live in this new world of Earth in peace. Our power is not a curse, but it is great. Great power can draw attention to those on the other side.