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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any semblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

Cover Design and Image by Rosie Chee

Author Image by Dan Ray

Formatted for Smashwords by Rosie Chee

ISBN 978-1-4524-2968-7


To my best friend, Ana Pallesen, my kindred spirit and with whom I share everything. Thank you for the years when you were the only one who I would let into that deep, dark side of me. Thank you for sharing your writing in return; you are still one of the best, most evocative writers that I know, and I love your work.

To my mother, who taught me to read and write at an early age; you kindled within me the love of and relationship with literature that is going to last me a lifetime. Thank you for introducing me to the world that became my haven, the one place that makes sense in a senseless world, and where I have the ability to fully express myself.

To my teachers, especially Susan Robinson and Malcolm Pittuck, who believed in my writing, the praise that I was “one of the best writers that they had seen”, encouraging me to submit my work for publication.

And last, but not least, to all those who were my muses through each part of the journey of this anthology. It is true that everyone is in your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Each of you have been one of those things and because of each one of you, I have lived, loved, lost, and learnt, my life all the more rich and full.

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