Next in line

Author: Ukari

To say here is far, and to call yonder nearby. Stories on the edge of the every day, strange tales you may or may not be moved by. Strange, curious, fantastic stories told by me, you, him and her. There are many stories but they’re all concluded within a single page, each story around 200 to 1200 characters in length, a short story collection you can easily read. Please enjoy them. Updated every Saturday at 6pm.

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There was always white smoke coming off my grandfather’s body.
Of course he wasn’t actually on fire. There was no heat or smell either.
I never checked, but I was probably the only one who could see it.
Anyway.
My grandfather always came to greet us grandchildren with a big smile, but there was always white smoke coming off his body.
He was a kind and gentle grandfather, but in my childlike mind I was so terrified of him, I hate going to visit my grandparent’s house.

When my grandfather died, white smoke started to come off my father’s body.
Naturally he wasn’t actually on fire. There was no heat or smell either.
I never checked but perhaps my father was also able to see the smoke that came off my grandfather’s body.
My father and I started having dinner and drinks together like he and my grandfather did.

The other day, my father died.
I realised that white smoke was coming off my body.

My younger sister’s son, who’s entering elementary school next year, looked at me and started crying that I was on fire.
Perhaps that child can also see.

 

Original Japanese

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