Bernadette is bitter about her husband leaving her, after their marriage collapsed (as a result of the abduction of their first daughter, Giselle.) Her second daughter Yemi is her only comfort. Bernadette misses out on life with Yemi, retreating into a bitter and lonely world of regret and denial. This has spanned decades, leaving her trapped in her house, while Yemi attempts to help her. (Yemi is a youth worker and drugs councilor.) This story is dedicated to my son, Sam, who brightens my life. Thank you, Sam. (Special thanks to Miss Passé for suggesting another story featuring Yemi Balsara.) CLICK HERE for next chronological story.
Unbound Boxes Limping Gods: Disconnected Stories. Issue # 44: Bernadette Balsara
July 25, 2012 by cherylmoore
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Coming soonForthcoming releases, Issue 258: Alexand Merek Part 16 (Wednesday 31st August) Issue 259: Afterlife (Wednesday 7th September) Issue 260: Love In A Box Part 6 (Wednesday 14th September) Issue 261: Afterlife Part 2 (TBA) Issue 262: Love In A Box Part 7 (TBA) Issue 263: Heyem Merek Part 10 (TBA) Issue 264: Day One (TBA) Issue 265: Abouna Panak Part 4 (TBA) Issue 266: Jarad Vijay Part 4 (TBA) Issue 267: The Woman Who Never Was (TBA) Issue 268: The Woman Who Never Was Part 2 (TBA) Issue 269: Jarad Vijay Part 5 (TBA) Issue # 270: Katherine De Somme Part 16 (TBA) Issue # 271: Motherland Part 6 (TBA) Issue # 272: The Factory (TBA) Issue # 273: The Factory Part 2 (TBA) Issue 274: The Factory Part 3 (TBA) and Issue 275: Juba Apfvarzian Part 4 (TBA)
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What is this?Unbound Boxes Limping Gods is the first in a series of speculative fiction manuscripts. 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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