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 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 (Wednesday 4th November) Issue 216: The Journey Part 10 (Wednesday 11th November) Issue 217: Katherine De Somme Part 12 (Wednesday 18th November) 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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