Caitlin R. Kiernan, "Strandling" in Screams From the Dark, ed. Ellen Datlow (Tor Publishing Group: 2022).

We are beings that are in the process of dying. For a brief time, we are strandlingsㅡfish out of water that have breached for one awe-filled glimpse of the sun, a brief momentary peek, and then we will return to the dark loneliness of non-existence. 

"I was alone before we met. I'll get the hang of it again."  


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