Juba Apfvarzian needs to forget his past. He spends a lot of time taking drugs and drinking with his best friend and fellow drunk Alexand Merek. They met decades ago on a floating asylum ship for the criminally insane. Juba had a wife, Lucy and a son, Ayo, before he went to the asylum. When he was released, he discovered that they had both died of influenza, and he was alone. He and Alexand met up again after her release and discovered that they had a lot in common. Alexand had also lost her wife, Katherine to an unknown virus and her husband Jarad to an unbeatable war. Her son, Sam and daughter, Anastasia had been stolen when they were children. Alexand’s surviving daughter Ancille has grown up and Alexand and Juba spend a lot of their lives trying to run away from bad things. This is one of those days. (A Spanish version is now available to read, translated by Hernán Jara Droguett.) CLICK HERE for next chronological story.
Unbound Boxes Limping Gods: Disconnected Stories. Issue # 7: Juba Apfvarzian
October 20, 2010 by cherylmoore
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Coming soonForthcoming releases, Issue 206: The Journey Part 9 (Wednesday 2nd September) Issue 207: Alexand Merek Part 9 (Wednesday 9th September) Issue 208: Alexand Merek Part 10 (Wednesday 16th September) Issue 209: Heyem Merek Part 6 (Wednesday 23rd September) Issue 210: Alexand Merek Part 11 (Wednesday 30th September) Issue 211: Heyem Merek Part 7 (Wednesday 7th October) Issue 212: Farokh Merek Part 5 (Wednesday 14th October) Issue 213: Inajda Rekaya Part 6 (Wednesday 21st October) Issue 214: Katherine De Somme Part 11 (Wednesday 28th October) Issue 215: Alexand Merek Part 12 (TBA) Issue 216: The Journey Part 10 (TBA) Issue 217: Katherine De Somme Part 12 (TBA) Issue 218: Homeland (TBA) and Issue 219: Homeland Part 2 (TBA)
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What is this?Unbound Boxes Limping Gods is the first in a series of speculative fiction manuscripts, for which I'm seeking publication. These short stories feature some of the characters in a time set before the novels.
So many stories! Where do I begin?Go to the Story timelines tab at the top, and you can read all the stories in order of time. You'll find them gradually connecting together.
About The Characters
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The blurb for Unbound Boxes Limping Gods(Set in 4041, the first book begins on Christmas Island, Japan.) Alexand Merek is a woman who treasures "Bad Things," and delights in music. She has done something stupid, placing those she loves in danger. Women like her are not welcome in the ordinary world, where women who play piano and dance with wives are placed into, "The Bad Thing Box." Alexand must fight to bring her lost family back together to save them from an unimaginable fate. (If you would like to see this book published, please press the follow button. The writer gives life to a story, but the reader keeps it alive.)
This is for you Dad.My stories and my world are dedicated to you, Dad. You died before I was old enough to know who you were. I will try to find you in my stories, to go to places far away from this world, to search for you. Maybe one day I'll know you again. Until then I'll keep writing. I'll never forget you. Cheryl
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