Today’s excerpt continues on with the story from the last couple weeks. Basically, Alec is this incubus thing that feeds on negative emotions. He caused lots of problems in my short story “The Kindness of Strangers,” and he’s trying to do it again in this story. But one of the girls he’s fed on didn’t fear him, instead planting all kinds of doubts in his mind as he tries to remember his previous (human) life.
In this scene, he’s having a performance review with a representative (same concept as in my short story “Bardo Bureaucracy“). Alec is trying to find out more details about his past life and the woman he loved.
“So I loved someone, before,” Alec said as he sank onto the couch, trying again to remember who she’d been, relieved there really was someone. “And she loved me too?”
“It’s not about love,” the representative said, rolling his eyes. “She’s your other half; you’re partners, a team, two parts of a whole. Even now you have no choice but to search her out, do whatever you can to help her.”
“And she has to do the same for me?”
“She doesn’t have to; she wants to. She just does.”
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