read by Bruce McDonald
audio engineering by Bruce McDonald
Illustration by the author, Liz Mierzejewski
Liz Mierzejewski is a middle school science teacher from Connecticut. She is an avid (some would say obsessive) sf reader and uses it extensively in her science classes. Her work has appeared in the online zine Toasted Cheese and in the magazine Motherverse. Liz is also a panelist on the popular Battlestar Galactica Roundtable podcast. Look for it on Itunes!
Looking at that empty box covered with photographs and flowers that morning, I still held out hope.
“Is she dead?” they would ask me. Some would pull me by my elbow, being discreet in the company of Maggie’s family, but it was always the same question. “Do you think she’s dead?”
With as much discretion, I would whisper. I had to whisper, my voice shot to hell from screaming her name in the endless caverns. “I don’t know.” I want to believe she’s alive, but even using that word right now seems ludicrous, considering the circumstances.