The Duke maintains a stony expression, despite his secret terror.
“Surely you can hear it, Daddy,” says his daughter. “Where was it recorded, Beecham?”
“Library, ma’am. After the promotional film. A microphone was left on all night.”
They listen; a static hiss, then a sudden exhalation – a faint, pained murmur.
“What does she say?”
“Rubbish,” he insists.
“Ssh. It sounds like – He burned my bones. How odd.”
After they’ve gone, he listens again. A familiar voice, one he’s heard every night since he strangled her.
Her cold breath whispers in his ear again.
“Good try, darling,” he says, pressing delete.
Author bio: I am a UK based writer who has had a number of short stories published in various publications. My YA Science Fiction Novel ‘The Ides’ is currently available through my website anmyers.com.
Hush is part of 101 Fiction issue 21.