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The Stranger

by Jonathan Hill
Originally published by on 07/04/2014


A man, smiling, holding open a briefcase of money.

“One million pounds. It’s all yours.'

“All mine?' I said.

“Indeed. All you have to do is swallow one of these.' He held out a jar. “Ninety-nine of these are perfectly safe. One will kill you horribly.'

I hesitated.

“One million pounds,' he repeated.

I shoved my hand in. Pulled out a tablet. Swallowed.

Breathing. Pulse. “I’m alive!'

“Not necessarily. The terrible death may occur at any point in the next twenty years. But only if you swallowed that particular tablet of course. Enjoy your money,' he said. Then departed.

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