The Others

A short science fiction novel by the author of «The Black Blade», published by Delos Digital and available in Kindle and ePub formats.

The Others

Series: Robotica, Number: 60, Publisher: Delos Digital, ISBN: 978-88-254-0731-0, Pages: 72.

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The first hallucinations were more similar to those feelings that sometimes you have when you perceive something out of the corner of the eye but when you turn there is nothing. Every now and then he found himself staring out the window, a bit like cats do when they look at that completely empty corner of the room as if there really were someone or something. Then he saw the guy on the terrace, holding something metallic. A bar? A rifle. He had to do something to stop the man, but there was a problem: nobody else was able to see him.


We had gone to get an ice cream in Piazza delle Erbe. It was a beautiful day in July, warm but not too much, perfect for a walk. My father loved walking and then he loved ice cream, especially chocolate with hazelnut chips. It had been a while since we had taken a walk together. I was always very busy and then coming from Rome to Genoa was an odyssey, one of those that never seem to end.

Too many stops. Probably someone more romantic would have said that what mattered was the journey, not the destination; that the stops were really the most beautiful part, the one in which the uninterrupted monotony of the fields that flowed across the window was broken by tourists who came down to Grosseto, Pisa and Viareggio, while crowds of screaming kids poured into the wagons, followed closely by the parents who snorted and panted under the load of the suitcases of the holidays, always too many and always full of useless things. It was not like that for me. I was an IT engineer, a concrete person. For me, a trip was needed to go from point A to point B and that was enough. Doing it in the most comfortable way and in the shortest possible time was a due act. I did not even look at the window, not when I had the laptop open on the table. Too many things to do and too little time to do it. Every minute was precious.

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