Regina sat by her father’s bedside, staring down at his gaunt frame as he shifted his bony legs, trying and failing to get comfortable. She didn’t want him to die. Why was it taking him so long to die?
Jennifer Pelland has twice been nominated for the Nebula Award for short fiction. Her first collection, Unwelcome Bodies, was released by Apex in 2008. Her debut novel, Machine, will be out in late December, 2011.
Poets and sages like to say that there is clarity in certain death. That a calm resignation settles over the nearly deceased, and they embrace the inevitability of the end of life with dignity and grace.
The protagonist in “Ghosts of New York” jumps from the North Tower in an attempt to escape the flames. She is then forced to repeat those ten seconds over and over. “History only makes ghosts out of those who try to fly.” Why do you feel only the “jumpers” are forced to exist in a purgatorial state?