Post by Caulder Melhaire on Jun 22, 2022 18:37:27 GMT -6
The white cardboard of the box slips into a rusted, burgundy hue that crawls up the buckling sides towards the lid. Something crimson leaks in bubbly pulses from a bottom corner, pushing a sticky trail across her desktop and down the drawers. A sealed envelope with no stamp or address sits next to it, 'For My Muse' scrawled in violet ink across the front.
Hands shaking, she grabs the phone and dials the only number she can think of.
"Fuck's sake, Ian, I love you, but why would you send me an ice cream cake in the middle of June?"
She never celebrated her own birthdays, but she baked a cake every year on June 25. On June 26, she delivered it.
The cemetery was a quiet party venue. The only guests, besides herself, were those beyond birthdays. She set the cake before the headstone and stuck a candle in the icing. Some years, the wax burned down to a colorful puddle. Some years, a sudden breeze blew it out.
The candle told her what kind of year it would be – whether the child slept, or whether she had awoken, angry that Big Sis had left her in the car.
bluewpc: How have you been keepin?
Dec 2, 2022 13:11:54 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: Fffffeeeck those videos. Um, I been keeping safe. Heh.
Dec 2, 2022 13:15:06 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: So glad you checked in, blue.
Dec 2, 2022 13:16:58 GMT -6
bluewpc: glad to have checked in. missed yall
Dec 2, 2022 13:18:30 GMT -6
bluewpc: this were an online home
Dec 2, 2022 13:18:49 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: yes! we hope it can be again. update us when you can, k?
Dec 2, 2022 13:19:33 GMT -6
bluewpc: I will. You know something I need to say. I left America because I absolutely could not stand the normal life. I need adventure and blood. Maybe something to keep in mind for future writings
Dec 2, 2022 13:21:14 GMT -6
bluewpc: After this war Im going to go find another war
Dec 2, 2022 13:21:28 GMT -6
bluewpc: and hey glad to see ya Raven
Dec 2, 2022 13:21:40 GMT -6
bluewpc: Ill let andlo know the site is back up
Dec 2, 2022 13:21:46 GMT -6
RAVENEYE: Some folks are built for it. That detail makes for one heck of a character, no doubt.
Dec 2, 2022 14:04:04 GMT -6
Alatariel: Wow blue, stay safe my friend and good to see ya here again
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Soliton: Be back. Be safe. Be alive.
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pelwrath: A happy birthday to SF writer, Leigh Brackett, ‘The Queen of Space Opera’. Born 12/7/1915.
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