The Proposal (part 3)

She’d been called “sweet pea” a lot in the past months, ever since he’d been called to serve in Father Gheraeld’s administration as Chief Science Counsel and they’d had to leave their old life behind. “Lettie can help you finish,” he said as he moved toward the door. “She’s good with calculus.” “Of course she

The Proposal (part 2)

“But you promised,” Ayn said, casting her most pathetic look. “I know, and I will,” he said, “after I find out what Father Gheraeld needs.” “This homework is due tomorrow morning,” Ayn reminded him, setting her elbows on the table and resting her chin on her hands. Her dad slipped off the stool with an

The Proposal (part 1)

The intern rapped against the open office door. “Professor Hyarzden?” Professor Hyarzden placed a long finger in the middle of the column of figures on the screen in front of him. “Yes?” “Father Gheraeld would like to speak with you,” the intern said. “Dad,” Ayn said. The professor glanced at his daughter sitting on the


The tide rose without her noticing. She is drowning. In an ocean of voices. Their clashing rhythms crashes over her. Deep. High. Fast. Slow. She imagines a bubble, like a deep-sea diver’s helmet, set squarely upon her broad shoulders. Meant to keep the voices out. To keep her thoughts her own. Her own. The voices