Story 32 of 100

Elena Tucker
3 min readMar 18, 2023
Photo by David Monje on Unsplash

A Reading.

Yes, I’m definitely feeling a presence here with us, in the audience, it’s a man … no, a woman, … man, woman …. uh, could be more of a hermaphrodite, yeah, strange reading there, I know, but it happens. Yes, I am getting definite masculine yet feminine undertones, starting with the letter S … or maybe R, a Ron, Ronnie, Ronald.

Donald! Yes, definitely a D … Oh, you were saying YOUR name is Donald?

Donald, is there someone close to you who passed whose name started with maybe an M … Pearl? Did I hear Pearl? No? Sorry, must have misheard. Scott? No? John? Surely a John died, could be saying Joe …that’s a common … yes, Joseph, I definitely hear Joseph trying to come through and a color yellow. He loved yellow. Wore yellow.

He was a priest. I see. Not your Joe, then. Yellow, blue, yellow, a yellow… what? Pink? The pink blanket … oh, I see, Joseph wasn’t a Joseph, but a Josie.

You called her Jo, but her name was Josie. Yes. Yes, that’s why I was confused, Josie wasn’t a hermaphrodite but a neutered cat, buried with a pink favorite blanket. OK, Josie wants you know she’s fine, she’s in kitty heaven, she’s purrfectly happy … going for some levity here, folks, trying to lighten the mood, give me a break, it’s like a funeral here. Dead silence. Haha … get it? So, Josie is being a fat cat in kitty … wherever kitties go after they pass away.

Moving on … Is there someone here who lost a loved one recently, someone who’s been sick a long time … someone old … not you madam, you’re not old. Mature, I’d call you mature. Yes, did you lose someone, oh, … I see, you’re here because you have nothing better to do… thank you for coming

… I feel another presence coming through … this one is much older, a woman, definitely a woman, and she wants someone to know that she’s not suffering any more … wait, her name is Kate or Katherine, or Ka… what? Karen, sure, Karen, no, Kira, OK. She’s gone. Oh, don’t cry … you’re not crying? Why not? She’s been suffering for too long? I understand. My condolences for your loss. Well, it looks like our hour …. I’m being told by my producer that it’s only been fifteen minutes and I can keep going … great,

I’m so happy to be helping make these connections beyond the realm of the living, but I’m…



Elena Tucker

Writer and storyteller, immigrant, wife, mom, knitter, collector of jokes, lover of cheap, sweet wine.