Cover Art by Reno MacLeod
by Reno MacLeod & Jaye Valentine
Length: Short Story (7,300 words)
Published on March 30, 2010
Courage. Patriotism. Words rendered meaningless to Erik when his brother Howard returns home from Afghanistan in a flag-draped casket. Months later, Erik finds the gentle words of Howard's Marine buddy, Greg, soften his pain. After losing a limb in combat, Greg understands the raw sorrow of loss. Erik and Greg spend a soul-searching night together and find the unexpected in each other's company.
Authors' Note: This is a revised and re-edited version of a short story originally published in a multi-author, pansexual anthology by another publisher.