As I receive contracts and final edits from authors, I’ll post a teaser from their story here and on our Facebook page. You know where to get the rest, right? Comments are welcome.
Twilight’s Last Gleaming
Banthany checked the clock. Seven fifty-eight. Oscar would be done with dinner–his family ate late because his mom didn’t finish work until six. Night wouldn’t fully arrive until eight-fortyish, but it was dark enough now. Out his window, specks of light flared against the purpling sky. Banthany ran down the stairs and called, “I’m going out.”
His mom appeared in the living room entryway. “Where are you going?”
“Oscar’s. To watch the fireworks.” His hand was on the doorknob.
“If you see Sandhya Guptamurthy, remember to tell her, ‘Best voyages.’ And I don’t want you on the roof.”
Guess where he goes? ;-).
So, why did we take this story? All four editors gave it a thumbs up. It does break “the rules”, but that’s not why we took it. We took it because it achieves what it sets out to achieve. The concept is excellent, the execution sharp, the perspective a bit unusual, and the payoff fits perfectly. You can’t help but like the protagonist even if he’s not particularly active within the story. The emotional core of the piece is what provides its power. The original was 1260 words; final edit is 1220 words.
Tune in tomorrow for our next tease. The full Table of Contents is here.
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