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This snippet is from Emmily, Unbound, an SFR story. Emmily had an opportunity to turn the aliens over to authorities, and to be free of them. Of course, she didn't, but now General is sure she is as trustworthy as he hoped her to be. This is a week later and they're on the back porch together.
Evening arrives clear and cold. Not frost-cold, but close. I light candles to deter the mosquitos that have already made their debut. A week has gone by since he accepted me into their ranks. I’m trying to contain myself, but I’m pretty sure they all see it. This has been the best week of my life. I feel wanted, and I have a family. General has been understanding, even kind.
I Know I need to get it under
control. My heart is out for a wild run, and there’s nothing good at the finish
A bit more-if you are interested.
I’m sitting on the swing next to the rail, sipping a mug of hot tea when General steps outside. It’s just the two of us.
“Do I interrupt desired solitude?”
“Oh my, no. You’re welcome out here.”
He sits down in the rocking chair someone has brought outside for extra seating.
“The stars are lovely tonight,” I say. The candlelight softens the outlines of his face. He’s watching me.
“You should see them from beyond atmosphere.” He says.
I wonder when we moved past the elephant in the room, the big, spacesuit-wearing, interstellar-traveling pachyderm. Like kindred spirits, we coexist. We simply came to accept and are comfortable with the status quo without needing to define it or say it out loud. They are from out there in the stars, sky people, and I am tethered to solid ground, bound to the Earth.
That's it for this week. Some relationship discovery coming up. Thanks for visiting! :-)