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Karen G. Anderson
Captain Carthy’s selkie bride—he named her Moira—quickly acquired human ways. She soon spoke quite well, with just a hint of a rural accent he assumed she’d picked up from their housekeeper. Her ankles strengthened, and she was able to walk and even dance, though she always favored lace-up boots over slippers and shoes.
When she began to go out in society, Moira was the subject of much interest. Carthy had been an eligible bachelor, and many of the ladies of town were bitter to discover he’d brought home a wife, apparently from somewhere on his travels. Moira and Carthy were reticent about her origins, each for their own reasons. As a result, the tale grew up that she was an island beauty he’d won in a pub fight in the Hebrides.
Too close for comfort, Moira thought, when she thought about it — which was rarely, because Moira was all too busy being a captain’s wife. While never elegant, she developed an air of competence and satisfaction. And she doted on Carthy.
At first, her husband watched her closely for signs of longing for her native sea. Did she let her errands draw her near the harbor, where Carthy’s ships were moored? He saw no sign of it. In fact, quite the opposite. Moira actively avoided the harbor and even refused strolls on the scenic esplanade. When the family (they soon had a boy and a girl) vacationed, Moira was the one asking to go inland.
|What I Write||
A graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop (2013), I write (as K.G. Anderson) urban fantasy, space opera, alternate history, Weird West tales, near-future science fiction, poetry and mystery.
My recent short fiction includes: “The Light of Two Moons” online at Ares Magazine; “Patti 209” in Alternative Truths; “My Job Is Hell” online at Every Day Fiction; “Unraveling” in Triangulation: Beneath the Surface; “Rowboat” online at Metaphorosis Magazine; “Grief” in Second Contacts; “His Last Victim” in The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories; “Escape from the Lincoln County Courthouse” in Story Emporium.
During the 6-week Write-a-thon I will outline and draft an urban fantasy novel.
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