Rated PG. Contains memories, wistful leaves, and sensuality.
by Ada Milenkovic Brown
Dirt cake brought Dahlia back to thinking about Garner. Dirt was his element. When they had married and moved into his Great Aunt Euphemia’s shotgun house in Grimesland, there’d been nothing around it but dead grass and dirt. Garner had dug and planted and weeded. And little by little, year after year, it all turned green.
Till his heart attacked him.
Now, all that was left of Garner was leaves — sycamores, hydrangeas, weeping willows, and wisteria. It was all Garner. It had his stamp. She’d just never thought to look for his face in it.
About the Author
Ada Milenkovic Brown writes folklore-based fantasy, but occasionally breaks out into science fiction. A graduate of Clarion West and Taos Toolbox, her stories have appeared in Intergalactic Medicine Show, PodCastle, Crossed Genres, as well as in several anthologies. Samuel Montgomery-Blinn, the publisher of Bull Spec Magazine, listed her alternate history piece, “Nadirah Sends Her Love,” as one of the best stories of 2011, and one of her science fiction stories won her a grant from the Speculative Literature Foundation.