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Episode 2 - Knife
I grabbed the wall.
In my peripheries I saw the drop, the long drop down onto the concrete boardwalk. The fall that would break open my head and end my life if I could just let go of the wall.
I heard a whistle. The guy. The damn guy that had pushed me was still standing there, grinning at me beneath his curly black moustache. “Very impressive. For one so close to the edge, your grip on this world remains strong.”
He pronounced impressive as “impressif”. French, or close enough. I regarded him in horror. I’d nearly been killed by a Frenchman. I wanted to move off the wall, but he was blocking me. “Hey man, what’s your problem? You gotta be mad, tryna push people off walls!”
He laughed this away. He showed a lot of teeth when he laughed. “You think it is lucky for me, non, that you did not fall. I think the police would a difficult time calling me a murderer without
lnterdimensional Detective Agency: l'Appel du Vide
Interdimensional Detective Agency: l'Appel du Vide
Episode 1 - Bridge
When I drove my sister’s car off the bridge, I didn’t have any particular reason for wanting to die. More like I had no reason to live. I’d been in Afghanistan fifteen months, though I never saw combat. I defused bombs instead. They were the misty-eyed good times, ammonium nitrate and fireworks. I was a combat engineer before joining EOD, and so I was well-trained for the combat I never saw, a designated killing machine. Or I should have been. But without ever holding that gun in my hands and holding it at some Afghani kid’s head, how could I know? How could I know what I was capable of?
I couldn’t. And I think that’s what got me in the end. That little saw blade of not knowing. It obsessed me to the point I’d almost forgotten I was an EOD tech. Sure I had moments when I was in the grocery store and I grabbed a tin of peas off the shelf and then turned it around and around in
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