art by Ron Sanders
Darkness Becomes You
by Peter A Schaefer
He climbed into bed and turned out the lights, then said, "Darkness becomes you."
"That's either really rude, or terribly metaphorical."
"Uh, what if it's portentously supernatural, and you're about to learn something about the world you never thought was true?"
"Well if that's true, you're going to be in trouble for not cluing me in years ago."
"Unless I'm, like, a ghost possessing this body to give you crucial information."
"And it's only now the stars have aligned to free you and give you this chance to communicate."
"Oh, or instead of being a ghost, I'm part of a secret society, and it's only now you've proved trustworthy enough for me to give you this secret information."
"In which case you're in trouble again."
"Not if it wasn't my decision! My shadowy masters deemed you worthy after my years of pleading and released me from the magical compulsion that prevented me from telling you."
"Okay, I guess you're off the hook. So, what's this secret?"