The man took a drag from his cigarette and pointed at the book on David’s leg. “I quite enjoy the author. She has a way of making you comfortable, and then bam!” he clapped his free hand against his knee, “everything gets turned on its head.”
David’s eyes widened and he nodded with a slight frown on his face.
“The whole series is very popular I hear, have you read any of the others?”
“I have. This is the third.”
“I’m sure you know this, but all of her books are set in and around medieval Scotland. Her descriptions are just wonderful, very accurate. The feel of it, you know? It’s spooky. She must have done a great deal of research.”
“I’m sure she did.”
“Her father was also a writer. Delightful man. I met him once, a long time ago.
David pinched his eyebrows together. “But, didn’t he die shortly after the war?”
“Did he? Oh, that is unfortunate news.”
David watched the man’s face. “I’m sorry, who are you exactly?”
“Oh, I’m glad you asked,” the man smiled wide, “I am a genie.”
“A genie? Like, the three wishes type?”
“Yes. Well, that’s the basic idea anyway.”
David looked around. “But where’s your lamp?”
“I don’t have one.”
“Not all stories have to be true all the time.”
“Or maybe you’re not really a genie?”
“Is that what you think?”
“Why wouldn’t I? Genies aren’t real.”
“Oh?” The man frowned. “I’m very sorry to hear that.”
This and That but Mostly the Other is a collection of moments, from the briefest glimpse to those more complex. It’s about introductions and endings. It is a reminder of what was, and a glimpse of things to come. Available in print and e-book February 2019.