Summers Blush

      LibO'Neill
Summers Blush

Anna is a young artist who dreams of travelling overseas. Anna has difficulty finishing an artwork for a friend and she seeks advice from her artistic mentor, an artist, who also happens to be her great-great aunt, Elspeth. Little does Anna know that Elspeth will leave an unusual and most unexpected bequest to her neice which will enable Anna to fulfill her travel dreams.Lightspeed is an online science fiction and fantasy magazine. In its pages, you will find science fiction: from near-future, sociological soft SF, to far-future, star-spanning hard SF—and fantasy: from epic fantasy, sword-and-sorcery, and contemporary urban tales, to magical realism, science-fantasy, and folktales.In our August 2012 issue, we have original fantasy by Kat Howard (“Breaking the Frame”) and Linda Nagata (“A Moment Before It Struck”), along with fantasy reprints by Wil McCarthy (“The Necromancer in Love”) and Delia Sherman (“Cotillion”).Plus, we’ll have original science fiction by 2012 Nebula Award-winner Ken Liu (“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species”) and a collaboration between Caroline M. Yoachim and Tina Connolly (“Flash Bang Remember”), and SF reprints by io9’s Charlie Jane Anders (“Love Might Be Too Strong a Word”) and award-winning author Michael Swanwick (“Slow Life”).For our ebook readers, our ebook-exclusive novella is “A Separate War” by Joe Haldeman, and we have an excerpt of Kitty Steals the Show, the new Kitty Norville novel by bestselling author Carrie Vaughn.All that, plus our usual assortment of author and artist spotlights, and feature interviews with bestselling authors Kim Stanley Robinson and Seanan McGuire (a/k/a Mira Grant).

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    The Wedding Veil

      LibO'Neill
The Wedding Veil

A short fictional story about a woman involved in a hit and run accident. Janet is unconscious and is found with no identification. She has a wedding veil in a plastic shopper bag with her. The story looks at some of the effects of a head injury and the human emotions and reactions of the patient, her helpers, the nursing staff and the attitudes of the driver that did not stop to help.A short fictional story about a woman involved in a hit and run accident. Janet is left unconscious and consequently suffers a head injury. She is carrying no identification with her at the time of the mishap but she is carrying a wedding veil in a plastic shopper bag. The story looks at some of the effects of a head injury and the human emotions and reactions of the patient, her helpers, the nursing staff and the attitudes of the driver who did not stop to help.

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    Supposition and Speculation

      LibO'Neill
Supposition and Speculation

A short fictional story. A woman's concerns are raised after observing a young male, shortly followed by an older male, emerging from a public toilet in a park. The younger of the two seems ill or ill at ease. The woman wonders if something untoward has occurred and the story follows her imaginings and speculations as to the character and motives of the older man.This is a short fictional story, inspired by thinking about the words supposition and speculation. Observing people in daily life, recalling snippets of overheard conversations and the comments of strangers enabled me to stitch together a contemporary scenario wherein a woman notices a young male emerging from a public toilet in a park and notes that he looks ill or ill at ease. The woman is somehow moved to feel concern for his welfare. An older man who is known to the woman exits the toilet block immediately after the young male. This sets off a spark of curious imaginings by the woman as to what might have occurred, if anything, between the two men. Plagued by doubt and speculation, the woman begins to observe the older man at his place of work and she questions his character and possible motives.

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    So, Now You

      LibO'Neill
So, Now You

So now youCan please forgive meI want to give you Everything that makes life worth livingYou think I fulfill your dreamsBut I only pray I canSometimes it somehow seemsThat I'm too much of a manAlways questioning somethingNever fully acceptingNot realizing what I haveAlways second guessingThis is a short fictional story, inspired by thinking about the words supposition and speculation. Observing people in daily life, recalling snippets of overheard conversations and the comments of strangers enabled me to stitch together a contemporary scenario wherein a woman notices a young male emerging from a public toilet in a park and notes that he looks ill or ill at ease. The woman is somehow moved to feel concern for his welfare. An older man who is known to the woman exits the toilet block immediately after the young male. This sets off a spark of curious imaginings by the woman as to what might have occurred, if anything, between the two men. Plagued by doubt and speculation, the woman begins to observe the older man at his place of work and she questions his character and possible motives.

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    Colour Had All Been Packed Away

      LibO'Neill
Colour Had All Been Packed Away

Colette strives to survive her broken relationship with Paul, whom she once thought to be the love of her life. She removes colour from her life and submerges herself in a sea of black. Haunted by memories, time passes, and then there is Gerard and the hope of something new. A contemporary story with a French overtone.This is a contemporary story with a French overtone about a failed romance. Colette strives to survive her broken relationship with Paul, whom she once thought to be the love of her life. She removes colour from her life and submerges herself in a sea of black. Love is lost, leaving behind an aching, broken heart and memories. Her senses let her down as smells, tastes, sights and sounds only remind her of what she no longer has. Time passes, and then there is Gerard. Colette purposefully erases all trace of her previous lover from her life. Hope looms bright before her and the possibility of a new start.

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    The Closing Date

      LibO'Neill
The Closing Date

This is a short, fictional story. A humorous look at the plight of a short story writer. Written from the writer’s perspective, consulting an imaginary filing cabinet full of unused short stories. The writer tries to determine the merits of various stories they have written, all the while searching for a unique idea to pitch in a writing competition.This is a short, tongue-in-cheek, fictional story. A humorous look at the plight of a short story writer, wondering which story to put forward in a writing competition. Written from the writer’s perspective, consulting an imaginary filing cabinet full of unused short stories, the writer tries to determine the merits of various stories, all the while searching for a unique idea to put forward in a writing competition.

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    Moonlight Mermaid

      LibO'Neill
Moonlight Mermaid

A short story. Jim is a coastal fisherman with a bad heart. He looks back on life, remembering the love of his life and their time together. Although Miranda has been gone for a long time, Jim sometimes thinks he can see her, hear her, on the rocks, near where he lives.A short story. Jim is a coastal fisherman from a long line of lobster fishermen. He met the love of his life late in life and their time together was brief but powerful. Despite having a heart conditon, Jim takes his boat out on his own, looking for one more prize from the ocean depths. He thinks back over life and time spent with his beloved Miranda, who has been gone for a long time. Jim thinks he can hear something and see someone on the rocks near his jetty and he makes his way towards a vision he believes to be Miranda.

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