Q: What distracts you?
A: The next idea… It’s hard to focus on one story at a time when the next idea is — oooh, shiny squirrels!
Rachel Ayers’s story “The Chorley” was published in Metaphorosis on Friday, 31 July 2020. I had this image in my head of the valiant teddy bear defending a sleeping child from the monster in the dark… and I wondered what would happen if the toy hero were taken away. (Which I guess makes me the Mama in this scenario…) Subscribe to our e-mail updates so you’ll know when new stories go live.
Little Annamarie wore a mournful expression. “Mama,” she said, “I can’t find my Chorley.” Chorley was a ragged stuffed elephant that the girl had had since she was two. “Where did you leave it?” the Mama asked, the air of distraction hardened on her features. She had taken off the VR glasses that she customarily wore throughout the long hours of the day, and even the child could see that she was irritated by the …
Rachel Ayers lives in Alaska, where she writes cabaret shows, daydreams, and looks at mountains a lot. She has a degree in Library and Information Science, which comes in handy at odd hours, and she shares speculative poetry and flash fiction (and cat pictures) at patreon.com/richlayers
Cover art by Michael Tenebrae.
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