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Talking To The Dead by Kiki Suarez

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  • The woman said that she might have been extremely afraid of death when she was young, but she wasn´t aware of it back then. She met a young man, who claimed to be able to talk to the dead and people came to him so that he could reconnect them during sessions hidden in his room with their dead beloved ones.

    She married that man , had three daughters with him and worked to support the family for more than three decades.

    Meanwhile her husband hid in his room, sometimes receiving clients, always feeling that he himself was at the verge of death. The man could barely walk and always seemed sick, but never agreed to see a doctor. He lived in his dark room, hardly made any money and never worked otherwise than searching communication with the dead.

    She said that they all seemed to live inside a huge coffin, instead of her husband protecting her from death by using his special skill, they all seemed to have turned into living dead.

    Once her daughters were grown the woman finally had the courage to divorce her husband. He had to leave his room now.

    And he did. He left, rented a flat and became a taxi - driver.

    One day after the divorce, she says, she spotted her ex in the streets and she could not believe her own eyes: the man jumped out of his taxi, ran across the street to greet another man and there he stood for a long time chatting and joking away. She saw a man alive with energy and joy!

    The woman was shocked. She wanted to cry and yell and scream. She felt cheated.

    She says she then took a few deep breaths and suddenly also started to run, but into the other direction. A soft breeze carressed her face and arms, she heard some music emerging from a passing - by car - one of her favorite songs!

    Suddenly she found herself humming that same melody, then she had to laugh and laugh very long and very hard and she also was filled with tremendous joy, because she felt that she also was free, she also could embrace life now....
    Art by Kiki
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