Leonard nodded, fingers already reaching for the controls. There was a moment of resistance from the sub-microscopic doll, and then the two halves popped apart.
Leonard froze, the hairs on the back of his arm standing on end as he stared at the tiny image on the screen. Behind him, he heard Margaret gasp.
The doll was empty.
Concluding part of a sci-fi/mystery short story. As the Matryoshka's final layer is revealed, the paradox comes full circle for Leonard, Margaret and Ross.
This is the last Pocket Fiction of 2015! A merry Christmas to all, a happy holiday period, and a wonderful New Year! Next year will bring some changes to Pocket Fiction as I begin to serialise my novel, Noctis Point, starting on New Year's Day and continuing weekly. There will also be regular news of the novel I'm writing, Claws of the Chimera, and plenty of other bits and pieces. Please look forward to it!
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Music: “The Pyre", "Comfortable Mystery", and "The Path of the Goblin King", Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com).
Licensed under Creative Commons: By attribution 3.0.
Sound effects used in this episode: Roaring GALE over wooded valley by Phillip Goddard; and scraping wooden spoon against linoleum counter by sethlind.