Flash Fiction: “In the Timeline Where the Moscow Metro Opened in 1934” by S.L. Harris
(Originally published at Daily Science Fiction.)
In the timeline where the Moscow Metro opened in 1934, we live together in a khrushchyovka on Bourbon Street and eat green caviar on waffles. Times are hard but we love each other like we never love each other, like we never love anyone else, in all the hundreds of millions of timelines I’ve seen.
S.L. Harris is a writer and archaeologist who lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter and their faithful hound. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Abyss & Apex, Daily Science Fiction, and Plasma Frequency. He occasionally tweets as @sl_harris.
Main Story: “The Last Song” by Gerri Leen
(Originally published in Reflection’s Edge, July 2008.)
Haze rises like swamp gas in the capital, and Lupe can smell the exhaust swarming up around him from the traffic stalled on the Avenida La Reforma. The tourists are sweating as they head for the restaurants and shops or back to their hotels to stay in for the night. A man pushes past the others, hurrying, late perhaps. Sweat stains his fine shirt, darkening the fabric under the arms and down the back.
“It’s a hot one,” Hector mutters. He doesn’t sweat, even though his charango lies flat against his back as he walks, the wood gleaming, the strings reflecting silver-white in the dying light.
Enrique pushes his guitar back, but it’s too big to lie flat. It flops to the front after he has taken a few steps, the woven strap worn and faded and barely connected to the instrument. “So, it’s hot. So what?”
They have been together too long to waste words. But Lupe knows they can’t remain entirely quiet. Silence is worse than death.
And they should know.
Gerri Leen lives in Northern Virginia and originally hails from Seattle. She has work appearing or accepted by: Nature, Flame Tree Press’s Murder Mayhem and Dystopia Utopia anthologies, Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Grimdark, and others. She recently caught the editing bug and is finalizing her third anthology for an independent press. You can find her online at gerrileen.com.
About the Narrators:
Logan Waterman has a degree in Technical Theatre from California State University, and has worked in many theatres, large and small, professional and amateur. He has also worked for Apple computers, sold hot tubs and comic books, and prepared court documents. He has taught and performed sword-fighting for the stage, and run lights for a local band, until they broke up.
Logan currently lives in Northern California with Grendel, a huge black beast whose primary occupations are sleeping, stalking the fish in the aquarium, and keeping the house safe from the hordes of invisible monsters that come out after dark; and Morgana, a small fluffy Queen who rules her domain with an iron paw. The fish are unimpressed.
As of this bio, he has narrated for The Drabblecast and all five District of Wonders shows: StarShip Sofa, Tales To Terrify, Far Fetched Fables, and the late lamented Protecting Project Pulp and Crime City Central — and is the only story narrator to do so.
By day, Roberto Suarez works as a community college student advocate and recruiter. By night he geeks out on all things fantasy and science fiction, comic books and board games He is the co-host and producer of A Pod of Casts: The Game of Thrones Podcast and the new Radio Westworld, a podcast dedicated to HBO’s latest science fiction series. You can find Roberto on the web at robertosuarez.me, or on Twitter as @PuertoGeekan.