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Monday, January 13, 2014

"Bonfires" by Marc Laidlaw

Appeared in Nightmare magazine.

The pyromaniac narrator and his lover create a great bonfire. Young woman was talked into going in (sacrifice?), but narrator pulls her out, says it was a lie, what she'd been told. The lover says it wasn't a lie, says she come back, goes back out to sea.

Since the lover's actions are enigmatic (the narrator's a little less so), this feels like an epic battle between gods who love but war in our hearts.

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