Soshi Patel believes herself the last inhabitant on earth, trapped in an abandoned prepper’s shelter, living by candlelight and on canned peaches. Out of desperation, she uses the last of her good candles to build a ham radio from a kit. When she connects with a voice on the other side, it’s more than she could’ve hoped for.
But this voice, this Jatar, knows things he shouldn’t. As he comforts Soshi through the last days on a dying earth, it becomes clear that he carries his own burden, the weight of which can only be measured in time.
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Note: this is probably the saddest story I’ve ever written; you’ve been warned.
5 responses to “Free Fiction Friday: In a Manner of Speaking”
That is an excellent description. Alright, you’ve got me.
If you decide to read, I hope you enjoy it.
Oh, I actually finished it yesterday. It was really nice, although I was a little confused around the ending. I’m sorry.
Oh, don’t be sorry. The ending is a little … tricky. If you’re curious (and to avoid spoilers here), you can read the discussion about the story over at the Escape Pod forums: http://forum.escapeartists.net/index.php?topic=10028.0
Thanks for reading!
Oooh, alrighty. ❤ You're welcome!