A Long Goodbye by Brandi Dixon

The spot where she kissed my cheek still feels warm.
“I’ll keep waving until I can’t see you anymore,” she said.
I laughed. “You’re taking a balloon, that could be hours, maybe days!”
Our fingers clung together a little longer, desperate on my part, excited on hers. She bounced as we parted, jaunty and sure that a great adventure awaited. I slumped, curling in on myself, giving up on trying to be happy for her. Missing her before she even climbed into the basket. I was right about one thing though – it was a long goodbye. The wind turned fickle as they crossed the shoreline, and I, stubborn as always, made her wave for four miserable hours.

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The highlight of Brandi’s writing career was being accused of plagiarism in high school when the alternative ending she submitted for ‘Stranger In A Strange Land’ sounded so much like Heinlein her teachers thought she’d copied it from another novel. Brandi now feeds her Spec Fiction addiction through freelance editing – you can find her at @charcoalandbrass or hanging out at her favourite independent bookstore. She firmly believes that books change lives and is on a mission to help writers bring more of them into the world

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