106 - The Twinkling Kad

A disgraced former professor is forced to take a job as a night watchman after his career and life fall apart. After spending some time alone in the dark on his night patrols, he finds his new station in life is far from the worst of his worries.

Today’s tale is based loosely on my own life. I too lost a job I’d worked very hard to get, and I too had to take work as a night watchman at a construction site. Sitting there in the dark, alone in the middle of nowhere, you will start seeing things. Little bursts of light and twists of shadow. The only thing more frightening than that, I believe, would be finding out the thing you thought you’d seen was actually there.

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Artwork by Yui Breedlove

This month’s recommendation:

Literature recommendation: “Summer of Night” by Dan Simmons