Ghost Codes 010
Ghost trap components: contact mics, sugar cube, matches, loudspeaker cone, glowbug (female), cassette tape, AA batteries (leaky), perfume.
Operation: place glowbug in speaker cone. Arrange mics in approximate circle. Set speaker to vibrate. Spray perfume on sugar: ignite.
The scent arouses the insect, causing the bug’s abdomen to light up. Play cassette. Observe: the ghost will crackle and dance in time.
All such fragments dream of being whole once more, of being a song on a lover’s lips, conjured from a tongue: verse, chorus and coda.
With such desire, the ghost is drawn towards the trap. Now softly, softly… close the…
Break dragged Dixie screaming from the tunnel. Her eyes wide, mouth bloody. Words of drawn-out breath: “Find it. Don’t let it get away!”