Susan McDonough-Wachtman’s story “I Will Go Gently” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 14 December 2018.
I was inspired to write “I Will Go Gently” by a dream. I woke up one morning with the vision of an old couple on a porch, arguing amicably about something — the way my parents used to. The interesting and different aspect about this couple was that, unlike my parents, she could see the future, and he could look into the past. I didn’t know where they’d come from or how their “gifts” affected their lives. I discovered their story as I wrote. I worked in my worry about global warming, my pain from the slow death of my mother, my hope for the future of my children. It was easy to see how the woman’s gift could be worked into a story of global warming, but it was a bit of a challenge to see how the man’s gift could be made integral to the plot. Having the story set in the far north seemed logical to me. If anyone was going to foresee the need to move inland and could find a new setting for a future community, I thought it would be the natives of northern Canada. Or perhaps I should say it will be. Because in spite of everything, I foresee a future for the human race which involves a better system than the one we have now.
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