Truer Love by Edd Vick. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. #scifi #love #virus
My lover Dieter came to Duvall last month. I never expected him to drag his chain this far north; but such is love.
Dieter only speaks German. His lover Minette had learned the language to please him, and translated.
“He says his idol has died, Carl. He says he never stopped loving you.”
We were sitting on rickety chairs in what had once been a Safeway. It was the largest space in the town, so we’d set it up for daycare and as an indoor playground. I was watching the toddlers that day. I handed Dieter a little girl that had been pulling at his shirt.
“You know I gave up loving,” I said.
“He says it’s not that easy. He’s fixated on you again and wants you to join the circle.” She looked me over. “We’re a lot longer than when you were with us. After Anne died and you left, we linked with a chain in Colorado.”
“You’re not a circle--if you were, you wouldn’t need me. I don’t do that any more.”
Edd Vick, the son of a pirate, is a recovering Texan now living in Seattle. He is a bookseller whose library is a stuffed three-car garage. His stories have appeared in Analog, Asimov’s, Year’s Best SF, and about thirty other magazines and anthologies. Find him on Facebook:
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