I am happy to share that Fiction Editor Jason Erik Lundberg has acquired my story, “Fade”, for issue 4 of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction. The issue won’t be out until April 2015, but here’s how the story begins:
After waking up from a particularly disturbing dream, she turned to him and said, “I dreamt that the world was ending. The news anchor was talking about it, but no one listened to her, even when she started to cry. You were there. You didn’t listen to her. You said, I need to catch my bus to Baguio, and I tried to stop you because the world is ending, but you left anyway. And so I sat alone in the living room and watched the news anchor say, This is going to be our last broadcast, and the screen turned to static, and the light outside disappeared as though someone had flicked a switch and turned off the sun, and I thought, Oh this is it then, the end of the world, and you’re not even here.”
Rebecca woke up with her knees hurting and her fingers as cold as icicles, and the specifics of her life returned to her as the dream disappeared: weekend, hotel room, Baguio, memory, memory, memory.
My thanks to Jason.