"A farewell of last meetings that were not recognized, at the time, as such; a cessation of plans for the completion of incomplete projects; a futility of vengeful thoughts; a surrendering of cherished hostilities..."
"She needs to find a clinic, far from her neighborhood, to get the infection treated. She thinks through every facet of her plan. Her hijab will make her conspicuous. She must remove it and hide in plain sight..."
"You wrap the bone and the feathers into a napkin, which you place in your shirt pocket. Inside your pocket, the bit of down from your office slips quietly into the napkin's folds and joins its fellows..."
"In the laogai, far far away from wherever Baba and Maa must be right now, she plays Nationalist and Communist with the other prisoner children after school, waving their red bandanas like battle standards..."
Edward Ahern has had four hundred stories and poems and six books published so far. He works the other side of writing at Bewildering Stories, where he sits on the review board and manages a posse of nine review editors.