HOW CAN WE EVER BE BETTER? by Star Spider

HOW CAN WE EVER BE BETTER? by Star Spider

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He blew into town on the breeze, light as a feather, his dangling limbs thin as twigs. We watched as he passed through the streets of our town in the thick golden twilight, face obscured in the shadow of a black-rimmed hat. We whispered behind our hands, eyes narrow with a cold curiosity, sheltered as we were. He took up residence in that husk of an abandoned cottage, the one by the old cannery. Its thatching was spotty as a bald man, walls black as sin, windows slowly closing eyes. He went on in and vanished like a magic trick as the sun extinguished itself in a stuttering haze over the softly sloping hills beyond. We talked that night till the stars blazed bright and then dark again. Our words weren't wise but worried, our hands knitting our scarves and sweaters into tighter and tighter knots until they wouldn't come undone no matter how hard we pulled. Our rocking chairs made fissures into the floor, deep abyssal chasms, and our words slapped the windows like rain, so hard our children hid under their blankets for fear of lightning. Visiting strangers was unheard of in our town. It wasn't heard of and it wasn't wanted, no.
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    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
    STAR SPIDER is a writer from Canada where she lives with her awesome husband Bed Badger. Star is in the process of seeking publication for her novels while she writes an frolics on the beach. Her work can be found in Gone Lawn, Aperion Review, Klipspringer Magazine, Close to the Bone, Black Treacle, ExFic and Grim Corps.

    ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
    DAVID CURTIS is a Freelance Illustrator who has worked in a wide range of markets, such as Publishing, Editorial, Advertising and Animation. He now lives in New York City where he is continuing to develop his illustration studio.