One Coin, Two Sides by Kimberly Rei

Hope and Deceit sat across from each other, playing cards.


“Go fish.”

Hope drew a card. Deceit sighed, sipping from a mug that managed to appear both dusty and freshly washed.

“This tea is cold.”

“I’m not falling for that again. The last time, I blistered my tongue.”

“No, this time it really is. Where’s the maid?”

Hope smiled. “She’ll be here soon.”

Deceit snarled, “Liar. I’m bored.”

Hope looked down. Their table and chairs sat on a small circle, a haze of fog swirling beneath. Hope waved a hand and parted the gray so they could peer down to the planet.

“Care to make a wager?”


“They want to believe in something. Which of us can break more hearts?”

Deceit grinned. A good challenge was a rare gift.

Kimberly Rei

Kimberly Rei

Kimberly Rei, in addition to writing creepy tales, is an editor with Black Hare Press and takes joy in offering the wobbly wisdom of her experience. She does her best work in the places that can't exist...the in-between places where imagination defies reality. With a penchant for dark corners and hooks that leave readers looking over their shoulder, she is always on the lookout for new ideas, new projects, and new ways to make words dance. Her debut novelette, Chrysalis, is available on Amazon. Kimberly lives in gorgeous Florida where the Gulf hides monsters and the sun is a special kind of horror.

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