Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
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[fiction] "The Dying Dream of Water"

I'm continuing to post reprints of my fiction here on this blog. Watch for the tag "fiction," as in http://jaylake.livejournal.com/tag/fiction. The current installment in this series is a 4,600 word story entitled "The Dying Dream of Water". This originally appeared in Flytrap #3 back in 2004, ed. Tim Pratt and Heather Shaw Tropism Press ]. It was also the subject of last week's podcast, if you'd like to hear me read this in my own voice.

This story is part of my ongoing unpublished (and unfinished) Old West fantasy, Original Destiny, Manifest Sin. As I said before, watch for it in a bookstore near you around 2017. In the mean time, if you like, please consider supporting Flytrap and Tropism Press.




The Dying Dream of Water



by Jay Lake


Peony Sykes stood next to her family's second wagon, spattered with her mother's blood. Red rock buttes surrounded the killing ground like pillars of a great tabernacle. Buzzards already circled overhead in the blinding summer sky as the laughing Apache drove his mount toward her. He'd sheathed his rifle in favor of an axe.

Instead of fleeing, Peony stepped directly into the pony's path with a Bowie knife braced in both hands.Collapse )

© 2004, 2007, Joseph E. Lake Jr.


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