Just a Hunch

99 words
Short Story
Written by Audrey Francis-Plante

I don’t believe in these things,” he said, then sneezed. The array of candles and the dust made it exhausting to breathe.

“Me neither,” she answered. “I can’t promise I’ll read your future, but I promise I never lie.”

Reluctantly, he offered his hand. She snatched it with her eyes shut.

“Bad,” she said. “Mmm … very dark.”

“Dark?”

“Death. Dreadful. It awaits you.” She squeezed his hand, eyes fixating on him.

“Death? Wh–How? What did you see?”

“Nothing. I don’t believe in these things.”

“Then why did you say I’d die?”

“Just a hunch,” she said, pointing the gun.

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