justuscharles in the US
DID I EVER TELL YOU ABOUT THE NIGHT THAT MIEN SAW A DUPLICATE OF ME?
laoshields IN THE UK
No. You got a doppelganger wandering around?
justuscharles
i guess so.
DID I NOT TELL YOU?
SHE TOLD SALLY WHEN WE VISITED HER, AND SHE LOOKED GOBSMACKED.
laoshields
I remember something from ages ago, but not recently.
justuscharles
THIS WAS IN NOVEMBER OF THIS PAST YEAR.
laoshields
No, you’ve not told me that.
They say we all have lookalikes.
justuscharles
SHE CAME HOME FROM WORK ON A MONDAY IN THE RAIN. SHE SAW AT OUR FRONT DOOR SOMEONE WHO LOOKED LIKE ME AND EVEN WORE ONE OF MY SHIRT. SHE SPOKE TO HIM. HE WENT BACK INSIDE OF OUR APARTMENT WITHOUT SAYING A WORD. SHE TRIED THE DOOR AND FOUND IT TO BE LOCKED. THINKING I HAD RE-LOCKED IT ABSENT-MINDEDLY, SHE USED HER KEY. WHEN SHE ENTERED THE APARTMENT, SHE FOUND IT EMPTY. SHE LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW AND SAW THAT MY CAR WAS GONE. SHE THOUGHT MAYBE I HAD RUN BACK TO DON’S BECAUSE I FORGOT SOMETHING.
laoshields
How bizarre!
justuscharles
WHEN I ACTUALLY DID COME HOME, WEARING MY PAINTED PANTS, SHE ASKED IF I HAD BEEN HOME A FEW MINUTES EARLIER. WHEN I SAID NO, SHE TOLD ME WHAT HAD HAPPENED. NEITHER OF US HAVE EVER BEEN ABLE TO COME UP WITH AN EXPLANATION.
WHAT WAS THAT? I DON’T REMEMBER ANY OTHER STORY LIKE THAT.
laoshields
Not anything like that. Just someone that looked a bit like you.
justuscharles
IN CHINA?
laoshields
You were in China, she was in the States.
justuscharles
IN ANSHAN? LIAOCHENG? FONGULA?
laoshields
Can’t remember.
justuscharles
YOU SAW THIS?
laoshields
No, I vaguely remember you telling me that Mien had see someone looking very much like you.
justuscharles
IN THE US WHILE I WAS IN CHINA?
laoshields
Yes, I think so. Can’t remember anything less vague than that though.
justuscharles
DON’T RECALL THAT ONE.
IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE SAME THING.
DOPPELGANGER.
laoshields
Doppelgangers don’t usually go around walking into their lookalikes apartment!
justuscharles
NO?
laoshields
Not that I’ve heard of.
justuscharles
WHERE DO THEY WALK?
laoshields
Under the boardwalk?!
justuscharles
OH.

laoshields
On cloud nine? On the wings of a dove?
justuscharles
IN A BOOK TAKEN FROM A PARANORMAL MAGAZINE (which I wrote for years ago) AND FROM A TV SERIES, I DID READ ABOUT A DOPPELGANGER THAT INHABITED THE SAME RESIDENCE AS ITS LOOK-ALIKE.
OTHER THAN THAT, I KNOW ZILCH ABOUT DOPPELGANGERS.

laoshields
What is a doppelganger’s counterpart called?
justuscharles
I DON’T KNOW WHY I SHOULD HAVE ONE HERE.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT IT MEANS.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE COUNTERPART IS CALLED — THE ORIGINAL?
laoshields
Maybe
But how knows which one is the original?!
justuscharles
OH. I THOUGHT YOU KNEW. OR THAT MAYBE IT WAS A JOKE QUESTION.
laoshields
No, just pondering.
justuscharles
I KNOW THAT I AM THE ORIGINAL.
BUT ONLY IN THIS CASE.
I AM NOT SURE THAT THE DOPPELGANGERS CAN SPEAK.
laoshields
Or so you say
justuscharles
I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF THEM SPEAKING, BUT, THEN AGAIN, I KNOW SO LITTLE ABOUT THEM — WHY THEY EXIST — WHAT THEY ARE HERE FOR — WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO WITH THE ORIGINAL.
laoshields
I know very very little about them.
justuscharles
EERIE STORY, HOWEVER.
laoshields
Very!
Was she scared by it?
justuscharles
I don’t think so.