If you are in the Laundromat and you see a woman putting your slashed and bloody clothes into a washing machine, hurry home and lock the door. Bean Nighe is a spectral fairy from the Scottish Highlands. In centuries past she was seen only by those who are about to die violently, washing the blood from their clothes at a ford. Now she is in Australia, and using laundromats.

Translated and republished in the Chinese magazine Science Fiction World, December 2023