Dark Matter: Reading the Bones by Sheree R. Thomas

By Sheree R. Thomas

Darkish subject is the 1st and merely sequence to compile the works of black SF and fable writers. the 1st quantity used to be featured within the "New York Times," which named it a extraordinary publication of the 12 months.

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A baby would complete their family. Samuel would be pleased, he would. She remembered him joking that no woman should have to give birth to his ugly black babies, but she would show him how beautiful their children would be, little brown bodies new as the earth after the rain. She would show him how to love himself in them. It was hot in the kitchen. Perhaps the heat from the stove? Beatrice went out into the living room, wandered through the guest bedroom, the master bedroom, both bathrooms. The whole house was warmer than she’d ever felt it.

She made another circuit through her home, looking for the main controls. Nothing. Puzzled, she went back into the living room. It was becoming thick and close as a womb inside their closed-up home. There was only one room left to search. The locked third bedroom. Samuel had told her that both his wives had died in there, first one, then the other. He had given her the keys to every room in the house, but requested that she never open that particular door. “I feel like it’s bad luck, love. ” She had, not wanting to cause him any anguish.

Then she returned to Morihinze’s side. Without further conversation, the two Guromem women departed from the clearing. Yahimba looked back once before the brush swallowed them. For a long time afterward, Dossouye gazed at the place where she had last seen them. Then she cinched Gbo’s saddle into place. She was bone-weary, and needed sleep. But she also needed to be gone from this place when the sun rose. Slowly, she climbed into the saddle. Before urging Gbo forward, she stared across the pool, now only a dim smear in the guttering firelight.

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