My story “The Beech Tree” has been published in Literary Orphans Issue 13: Blondie (April 2014).
Read some of the story below:
Until I stood before her casket, Grandma was the only person I could not imagine dead. She’d looked as aged as ever when I saw her days before, a husk of raisin wrinkles, already so wizened it seemed time could do nothing else. I thought she could live for centuries. But now she lay still in her woolen dress; her lucent eyes were closed. Her hands were leathered and grey, like the bark of an ancient beech.
The room was dim, the air thick with the scent of white chrysanthemums. Mark stood behind me. He was always watching for signs of slippage. I leaned back against him, his body warm with concern. I could feel right through him, through membrane and muscle, to dry, stiff bones beneath. His skin felt like an apple peel: too soft to stop the flesh from bruising and falling away.
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