Burning with Optimism’s Flames

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   ‘I can remember asking him, “What are the stars? Where do they come from?”

     ‘He would tell me that the stars are burning worlds, caught forever in their unending flames, raging, roaring against the night. They look out beyond their fragile spheres for places of calm and serenity to shine their brightness and bring life.

     ‘He would clasp me around the shoulder and say that we were like stars. We had to use the energy within us to defeat the cold spaces, to turn away the dark things that dared to destroy life. We had to find our own calmness and serenity even when it was denied us.

     ‘I don’t think I understood him then. I was too small, and my brother never spoke in the concrete terms that my brain could comprehend.

     ‘Looking back on it, though, I think that’s when P.J. began to burn.’

     – Intermediant Izzy Ring, The Heaven Facility

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The second volume of Faction Paradox short stories, edited by British Fantasy Society Award nominee Jay Eales.

Raleigh Dreaming by Elizabeth Evershed
Office Politics by Alan Taylor
…and from the Tower she did fall by Cate Gardner
La Santa Muerte by Daniel Ribot
Dos Hombres – A Fable by Kelly Hale
All the Fun of the Fear by Stephen Marley
Wing Finger by Helen Angove
The Strings by James Worrad
Squatters Rights by Juliet Kemp
After the Velvet Eon by Simon Bucher-Jones
Remake/Remodel by Jonathan Dennis
Dharmayuddha by Aditya Bidikar
A Star’s View of Caroline by Sarah Hadley
De Umbris Idearum by Philip Purser-Hallard

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