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They were so cute, she couldn’t resist, especially as there were no others like them on display. The vendor quickly accepted her offer, seemingly relieved when he took the money.
Back at the hotel, she put them unopened on the bureau and they retired to bed.
Later, her screams were enough to wake the dead.
‘Bad dream?’ he asked.
She nodded and pointed to the dolls.
‘I dreamt I’d opened them all but it wasn’t a doll in the last.’
‘What was it?’
‘A dead baby.’
‘Except when the light hit it, it woke up and reached for me, trying to drag me into the sarcophagus. The bigger one came after you! It was horrible, and so real!’
She buried her face in her hands.
Matt held her tight.
‘We’ll get rid of them tomorrow,’ he said, thinking Russian dolls were one thing, but these miniature pharaohs were another.
Neither noticed the cases were now separated, or saw the dim light emitting from the smallest.