Stories Tagged With: Adult

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Finisterre

For twenty five years, since the death of his lover, Thomas Carlyle has drifted from dead-end job to dead-end job. But when he meets a stranger on the underground, and the stranger tells him a secret, he can ignore his grief no longer.

Somewhere, no more than a pen stroke away, his past may be waiting… in Finisterre.

First published in The Third Alternative, Issue 34, Spring 2003.

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Dragonfly Summer

Once, long ago, four friends made a terrible mistake that ruined their friendship. Now they are meeting up again for the first time since. The old resentments may remain, but that’s all that does, and the past may not be the way they remember it.

First published in Interzone, Issue 215, March 2008.

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“Moderate learning disabilities, he says. Schizoaffective disorder, autistic spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, epilepsy, depressive psychosis. Well, Keith, he says. Looks like you’ve got a pretty good bundle there.

“The nurse behind him gives me a nice smile. I like her. She’s very pretty.

“Got a cold, I say.

“He raises an eyebrow. He’s laughing at me and thinking I don’t realize it. He thinks I’m stupid.”

First published in Abyss & Apex, Issue 14, 2nd Quarter 2005.

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