Stories Tagged With: Contemporary

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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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Dawn, by the Light of a Barrow Fire

Cameron, Marcy, and Frank are archaeologists working to reconstruct a stone age village and burial mound in Cornwall, England. But Cameron is still grieving over the death of his son, and, as the anniversary of his son’s death draws closer, Cameron will find echoes of the same grief, far in the past.

The distant past may be closer than Cameron realizes, and two fathers are searching for a release.

First published in Realms of Fantasy, December 2002.

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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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The Equation

Cameron Everett hasn’t seen his high-school girlfriend for twelve years when they meet in the queue of a cafe. But both of them have followed very different paths since, and this meeting isn’t an accident. If he can’t convince her that his is the right way, Cameron may not walk away from this.

First Published in Realms of Fantasy, June 2011.

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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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