Mary is a gas-station attendant with an epileptic son who can barely make ends meet, when she makes them meet at all. She has dreams of a forbidden love but can’t focus on those dreams when she can’t even buy her son’s medicine. She has a real knack for staying calm under pressure and steadfastly does what she needs to, in order to keep food on their table and a roof over their heads.
One day, she has an encounter with a woman who claims she can change Mary’s life in an instant.
After a strange dream that seems like a sign, Mary meets her mystery woman, who offers her a strange deal. From there, Mary is taken on a whirlwind ride that threatens to crack her reality in two. She’s taken “behind the curtain” into a world she never dreamed could imagine - a world where nightmarish chaos is only kept at bay by a small few - and now they want her to be one of them.
It seems like the opportunity of a lifetime, but will Mary be willing to sacrifice her own values and those she’s trying to teach to her son in order to get them a better life?
About the author:
Brandon Humphreys was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and most of his short stories take place in his home state of Washington. He has a Master of Arts degree in English and creative writing, and he works as a freelance writer, adjunct writing professor, and a college writing consultant when he’s not writing his own fiction and blog pieces. He is a veteran of the Washington Air National Guard, plays guitar, loves dogs, and loves to fly kites on the beach. He is currently finishing his first novel about a bunch of dragons and their worshipers on another world.
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