Sky Lantern by barakbro: a group of people standing on the beach at sunset; one holds a glowing paper lantern.

Festival

The shore is packed with people: young, old, native-born and off-planet transplants, human and non. The din ought to be overwhelming, but I stand in a small oasis of stillness, imposed by my nearly-invisible security personnel or possibly by my own Name. My Family is respected here. It was not originally a custom on Vinde, … Continue reading Festival

Finna

Finna closed her eyes and took in a deep breath. This was hard. Centering herself, she expelled her thoughts with a rush of air and opened her eyes. The room was the same, down to the pattern on the pillowcases and the spray of flowers in the vase under the window. "Dammit!" She thumped a … Continue reading Finna

Anchors

The porch light is off, and for a minute I think maybe they thought I wasn't coming home tonight. But then I hear the soft plucked notes of Inay’s guitar. She’s sitting on the porch swing in the near-dark. Between the living room window and the streetlamp, there’s just enough light to make out her face … Continue reading Anchors