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Lantern’s Passage

Andrew L. MacNair © January, 2007

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Lantern’s Passage is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are a product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is coincidental.


There is a photograph that stands at the corner of my desk. The frame is a simple band of painted blue. The subject, in subtle strokes of black and white, is at first glance, unremarkable. It shows a large, weathered cottage on a low rise of sand. The camerawork lacks professionalism; the lens tilts with childlike simplicity, but looking more closely an imaginative viewer detects something more. There is a face there, wise and lined with years. It is the face of the great cottage, and it is there to remind me of two summers long ago; a time when death entered my life for the first time, and I learned that love is the most powerful force there is.

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