A sequel to Prudence and the Dragon, published in Crossed Genres Quarterly #1 in February 2011 and reprinted by The World SF Blog in March 2012. You can download an epub of this story here: click here to download ebook.
The Perseverance of Angela’s Past Life
by Zen Cho
Angela was stalking herself.
She was packing for Japan and she had better things to worry about than doppelgangers, so she was trying to pretend her self wasn’t there.
She thought she would probably need one pair of formal shoes, but she couldn’t decide whether she should pack the new fancy shoes—which were beautiful and appropriate, but untried—or the old stalwart black peeptoes. They were a little manky, but they had seen her through May Balls and medsoc dinners alike.
“Bring both,” said her old self.
Her old self could not enter the room without Angela’s permission. She hovered at the window, peering in.
Angela was not going to invite her in. It was a cold night, but the dead don’t feel the cold.
“I’m travelling light,” said Angela. She set the new shoes down and picked up the old pair. What did it matter if they were scuffed? They had never let her down before. “I’m not bringing you also. All the more I shouldn’t be bringing extra shoes.”
“What lah, not bringing me,” said her old self. “I’m part of you what.”
The thaumaturge had confirmed this.
The problem was that Angela’s best friend was dating a dragon. Initially Angela hadn’t noticed any side-effects. Just the usual sort of thing. Outrage that her best friend was no longer as available as she used to be, that Angela was no longer the first person she called when she wanted to watch a musical or go to the park.
But these were ordinary incidents of the readjustment of a best friendship. Angela had got over it in time.
She was having difficulty getting over being split into two people, though.