the smuggler’s bible

Glen burns to cinder

“Did you go through the portal?”

“Maybe. I don’t really remember.”

“What do you mean you don’t remember?”

Glem puts his hands in his hoodie pockets and shrugs. “It’s impossible to be sure.”

The door frame is filled with crackling electric blue gauze. Lights twist and burrow through it like glow-worms. Glem remembers approaching, reaching out—but there’s no way to know. He turns and leaves with his boss.

IN ANOTHER UNIVERSE: Gleb is awarded a medal for the first successful interdimensional travel.

IN A THIRD UNIVERSE: Grum stumbles and falls down in a muddy bog. A Bandersnatch eats him.