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The Art of Self Denial

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by Cheryce Clayton

Festival happens every ten years, Mina was seven years old when her mother chose her father's burial shroud. You can plan your whole life ten years at a time, or you can just wait.

In a culture where death is celebrated, no one should be alone for Festival.

"Even the most beautiful drawing is trapped within the wood, Mother whispered in my ear, just as we are trapped within our bodies. True beauty must be free; to see beauty, look at what is trapped inside. I didn’t understand, but the fire was the prettiest thing I had ever seen, and we stood in the crowd and watched the Temple burn. When we returned home, Mother showed Father the green shroud she had purchased."

This story was originally written in 1994 and has haunted the writer ever since.

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Fiction, Horror, Literary Fiction, Romance, Low Fantasy
Size: 27 pages
Free download for Kindle from 17 February 2020 onward  

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