“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Zhu Wen's story 'Collecting' from The Guardian

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/sep/22/original.writing.china.reflected.zhu.wen

I had picked up the phone and dialled a long string of numbers, and was waiting for the call to go through, when I suddenly noticed the 50-pound note, and a small line to the upper left of the Queen's head: I PROMISE TO PAY THE BEARER ON DEMAND THE SUM OF... I had the ghostly sensation that the Queen herself was speaking to me, in tones which, though lacking intimacy, removed all possibility of doubt. In that instant, I found my inspiration.

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