Thursday, 19 September 2013

Missikin’s Atonement


The convent is preparing an elaborate funeral for Sister Missikin, which will involve a musical composition by Yevgeny Huxtable. Missikin had nothing to atone for, but when she died she left everything to a children’s charity in Turkmenistan ‘so that her sins would be forgiven’. She also left a silver statue of the Magic Dragon to Kolya, great grandson of her only ever boyfriend, Lustral Quinine. (Lustral’s son Samuel is the owner of the Yifitsin Print bookshop). When Missikin is moved to the morgue, Malvolio Claxendell comes to examine the cell that is now his. His insensitivity and timing are appalling.

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