“Close your eyes, count to ten, then open them.” They instructed her.
“One…two..three…ten, OPEN! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!”
She opened her eyes and she wished she could close them forever…
It had to be a ghost, otherwise she needed to visit her optician soon. Ewa knew she was seeing a ghost, a ghost that she would rather it stayed dead. She could not understand why everyone was cheering around her. They were supposed to be silent and hope that the silence drives the ghost away.
The ghost walked towards her and stopped right in front of her. They were the same height so they looked like slightly fitted puzzle pieces. She was numb from head to toe. The ghost smiled. The smile danced around the ghost’s lips, as if there was a private joke between the ghost and Ewa.
The ghost leaned towards her, touched her nose and in a very calm voice asked
Ewa smiled back, perhaps out of fear more than confidence.
“Like a toothache.” Ewa replied
Her reply prompted the ghost to smile, a different kind of smile that caused a wicked glint in its eyes.
“Your hand is holding the flute too tight, that woman you were chatting with earlier might grow suspicious…” The ghost advised.
“…Frankly you look a bit pale and your smile looks fake.” The ghost continued.
She was about to reply when her boss cut into the conversation
“Ewa how come you never told us you had a twin?” The boss asked
“She never told me she worked with such nice people either.” The ghost replied.
“Well, it is a pleasure to meet you, please free to stop over anytime you are in town.” The boss offered
“Thank you Sir, I plan to hold you to your offer.” Ewa’s twin replied.
It was at that point that Ewa knew that was the worst birthday present she had ever received.
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