Eventually, she lands. Head-first, then the rest of her a split-second later.
Just as the clown from yesterday's story (Caroline Yoachim’s “The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown”) grows her own family, so does the protagonist in Charlotte Ashley’s “She Falls,” whose original nature she has forgotten. This is a story of discovering who you are, separate from what those who made you expect you to be. (It’s also where today’s title comes from.)
Estíbaliz Espinosa’s “23 commuter line chromosomes” is also about maternity and motherhood, and, in the compressed mode of flash fiction, illuminates the narratives we create to explain our lives to our children.
About the Authors
Charlotte Ashley is a writer, editor and bookseller living in Toronto, Canada. Her fantasy and science fiction short stories have appeared in F&SF, Clockwork Canada, Luna Station Quarterly, Kaleidotrope, PodCastle, and elsewhere. Her historical fantasy, “La Héron,” was nominated for both the Aurora and Sunburst Awards in 2016. You can find more about her at www.once-and-future.com or on Twitter @CharlotteAshley.
Estíbaliz Espinosa: Writer. Musician. Hispanic philologist and sociologist. Dilettante astronomer. She has published seven poetry books, short stories about scientific women, and some books of poetry translation. Her work has been translated into English, Welsh, Catalan, Hebrew, Japanese, Macedonian, and Italian. Her last poetry book is Curiosidade (Curiosity), in which “23 commuter line chromosomes” first appeared, in Galician. She is from A Coruña, Spain.