a short story by Vanessa Grant
Jennifer Sandborn fled personal tragedy to serve as a humanitarian aid worker, promising her husband she would return in a few months. Two years later she returns in the middle of the night. Everything feels familiar, but nothing is the same.
“Tomorrow morning she would wake up under the duvet in the chilly house, safe from wars and death and tragedy. She would stretch out her hand with her eyes closed and when her fingers touched John’s warm flesh, she would nestle into him with her lips against his throat.
Although she couldn’t see the house where her husband waited, memory guided her steps, filling her blackness with light.
Her hand reached for the gate but found only the edge of the fence. She fumbled and found the uneven slant of the gate, propped open, still broken …”
… about writing The Broken Gate
“For me, Mt. Kobau is a magical Writer’s retreat (no phone, no Internet, beautiful wilderness environment). I was counting on the mountain to help me finish the first draft of my short story … (An excerpt from my August 8th Blog, The Broken Gate and the Muse Calliope)
Purchase The Broken Gate – or download a free sample through the following retailers:
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… and available soon through the following retailers:
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Coming soon – … It Happens at Midnight - an anthology of short stories from authors Gail Crease, Bonnie Edwards, Laura Langston, EC Sheedy, , and including The Broken Gate