Octavia Cade is just finishing up her PhD in science communication. Her short stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Cosmos, Aurealis, and The Book Smugglers, among other places. Her first novella, “Trading Rosemary”, was published last year by Masque Books and she has a sci-fi poetry collection, Chemical Letters, currently in press.
Carmen had come back from shore leave, come back from weaning her child, and she’d missed the feel of salt crusting on her lips, the dry wind sucking moisture from her eyes. Missed wood under her heels and being rocked instead of rocking.