twenty-four

“Do you want to come down here?” Izzy said.

“Or you can come here.”

“Whichever you want, but I have better coffee.”

Emma was surprised. “I have coffee…”

“But I have better coffee.”

Emma thought about that. “All right. Give me ten minutes?”

“I’ll see you then,” Izzy said, and was gone.

Emma got dressed and brushed her teeth and collected her keys from the bedroom. She decided she didn’t need anything else, and left the house. It was cold outside, as she walked, but it felt like the day was warming up. It always felt like that by mid-morning. A single bird flew over, singing loudly. Emma watched, but didn’t know what it was.

She walked. No-one else was around. It was a completely empty street.

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