“Nine Dishes on the Cusp of Love” appears at Daily Science Fiction today and was emailed out to subscribers in the wee hours of the night.
I read this publicly for the first time at Boskone 51 during a group reading with Julie C. Day, Michael J. DeLuca, Sean Robinson, Margaret Ronald, and Hannah Strom-Martin. On Valentine’s Day. After dinner.
I’m on the road today, so if you have questions about the story or how it came to be, leave them here or on tumblr. If you ask, I might tell you about a couple of dishes that didn’t make it into the story…
Until then, here’s a teaser and a link. Bon Appetite:
Her: passing through to new horizons, slumming my station’s crowded bar. Me: just off a line-cook shift, eating my free meal. Her teeth flashed, her eyes gleamed, her dress sparkled. I smelled of fish and spice. “Each desired other,” she said later. The bar’s glass and mirrors wove a net of her and caught me, young and fresh.