Sunday, November 29, 2015


by chuck leary

illustrations by danny delacroix

edward harmon led a quiet life.

his neighbors paid him scant attention.

they did not suspect that he had a secret.

his secret was that he was possessed by a spirit.

the spirit of miss agatha morrison.

edward would have been unimaginably upset if anyone had suspected that he was possessed by miss agatha, and that he spent long hours, even days at a time, under her thrall.

the strange thing was that there was not really much difference between them.

edward had a sweeter tooth, took a little sugar in his tea, and enjoyed jelly tarts, whereas agatha preferred plain croissants.

edward’s favorite writers were booth tarkington, john p marquand, james branch cabell, and norman douglas.

agatha was partial to elizabeth von arnim, colette, and willa cather. and mystery novels, especially those of agatha christie.

edward professed some slight curiosity as to modern movements in art and music. agatha held them in complete contempt.

perhaps the greatest difference between edward and agatha was that agatha wore hats with wider brims.

edward’s greatest fears were never realized, and he passed away without his secret ever being discovered.

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