The second Patreon short story, Next Time is Now, is finished and up for everyone to read!  It’s a story about a love so timeless that… well, I’ll give you a taste of the story itself. (Cassie Cook-Ward’s idea inspired this one. Thanks, Cassie!)

Peter lay on a queen-sized bed in a nondescript Super 8 motel room in Westbrook, Maine, strapped to an EKG monitor, trying to calm his nerves. This would work. It had to. He couldn’t go through losing her again.

“It’ll be okay, Peter,” said Marnie Amari, squeezing his hand. “I still wish you’d let me do it, though.”

They’d argued about this for days. Marnie had a heart murmur. If her heart were stopped, it might not start again. His would, or at least he hoped it would.

Want to read more? Just subscribe to my Patreon (below) for at least a $1 a month and you’ll have access to this story, last month’s story, and all future short stories!

https://www.patreon.com/posts/next-time-is-now-23124105

 

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Colin sat in the living room of his and Natsumi’s tiny apartment, looking up flight information to Quincy, Illinois on his laptop. He had barely been able to contain himself as he drove himself and Natsumi from University, thoughts flying though his head a mile a minute. He felt like an enormous, stultifying weight had been lifted from his shoulders, a weight he hadn’t fully realized was there until this morning.

— A Pattern of Shadows, chapter 20