Rachel put off opening it, turning the envelope over a couple of times. The red paper had a watermark in it of twisting Chinese dragons, barely visible. It was an altogether beautiful object.
She opened it with reluctance.
Inside it read:
Honorable Ancestress of Amelia Shaugnessy: an offering of death money and goods has been made to you at Tin Hau Temple in Yau Ma Tei, in Hong Kong. If you would like to claim it, please contact us either by letter or phone. HK8-555-4444.
There were more Chinese letters, probably saying the same thing.
“What is it?” Speed asked.
She showed it to him.
“Ah,” he said.
“You know about this?” she asked.
“No,” he said, “except that the Chinese do that ancestor worship. Are you going to call?”
Rated PG. Contains versions of the afterlife.
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