December 1, 2011

Strange and beautiful

by Wolf Erlbruch (Gecko Press)

Duck was scared stiff, and who could blame her? Death is standing behind her.

"You've come to fetch me?" (she asked).
"Oh, I've been close by all your life -- just in case."
"In case of what?"
"In case something happens to you."

Death assures her that he doesn't make things happen, life does. He and Duck talk. Death is actually quite nice. When the time comes, Death sends Duck on her way, the tulip on her breast.

A quiet story that lingers in the mind for a long time.

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