"Survival, After" — published in Apex Magazine, issue 124, July 2021.
Read it here: https://apex-magazine.com/survival-after/
Nicole J. LeBoeuf is a New Orleanian writer of short speculative fiction and poetry appearing in such venues as Cast of Wonders, The Future Fire, Departure Mirror Quarterly, Daily Science Fiction, and the vampirism anthology Blood and Other Cravings (Tor Books, 2011). She also posts weird flash-sized story-like objects to Patreon four times monthly. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado with her indy RPG-writing husband and their adorably criminal rabbit. Her not-so-secret superhero identity is that of roller derby skater Fleur de Beast of the Boulder County Bombers. She blogs at www.nicolejleboeuf.com and tweets at @nicolejleboeuf.
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