“Dark Rose” by Brenton Tomlinson
I found this story by Tomlinson (no relation so far as I know) on writer Cindy Rosmus’ site. Intrigued, I tracked him down to find that as of September 12 (my birthday) last year, he’s decided to pack it in as a writer. I’m sorry for that. I really enjoyed this story of innocence lost. There’s a lot of world-building packed into a short space, a writing skill I admire. You can read the story here in the Yellow Mama Archives.
See you tomorrow!