The love of my life died on July third, 1983, at the respectable age of one hundred and nineteen. Oldest man on Earth, according to the good Doctor Hippen.
I can’t say his death came as a shock; when a man reaches that advanced an age, only the absolutely delusional would suggest he buy denture paste in bulk. Still, I hadn’t expected it to happen so suddenly.
We had just begun a thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle (always the optimist, my Edgar). One moment, he was looking for a piece of the sky, and the next, he found a piece of his very own. How convenient that his death would coincide with Lasagna Sunday, the bane of his existence.
This week we present The Perfect Prom, by Kat Otis. Kat lives a peripatetic life with a pair of cats who enjoy riding in the car as long as there’s no country music involved. Her fiction has appeared in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Sword & Sorceress XXVI. Her story What Memories are Made Of will be out in Daily Science Fiction this month. She can be found online or on Twitter.
The story is narrated for you by the one, the only, the amazing Mur Lafferty. Mur is the 2013 winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She’s been called one of the worst-kept secrets in science fiction and fantasy publishing and her latest book, The Shambling Guides 2: Ghost Train to New Orleans should be on your To Be Read Stack. When Mur isn’t writing urban fantasy, superhero satire, afterlife mythology, and Christmas stories she’s podcasting for the likes of Angry Robot and her own award-winning I Should Be Writing. And as if all that wasn’t enough, in January this year she graduated from the Stonecoast program at the University of Southern Maine with an MFA in popular fiction. Her website is Murverse, and you can follow her on Twitter as @MightyMur.
Theme music is “Appeal To Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available at MusicAlley.com.