Holy WOWsers, Mercedes Murdock Yardley!!!
You had me hooked from the first sentence, and it refused to let up until the last. Every sentence was beautiful and nuanced and purposeful, as every good writing should be. The dual perspective was a nice, needed touch, as I doubt it would have as much impact if it was one-sided. I definitely didn’t see that ending coming. It’s the nature of the beast, the essence of reality. The closing paragraph, though, that hit hardest, like a punch to the gut.
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