C.L. Anderson

…has been known to tell people she lives in a stately Victorian home on a windswept island in Lake Superior with her three sisters and their pet wolf Manfred. She has also been known to tell people she is a science fiction writer living near Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, son and cat. What is known is that her first novel, Bitter Angels (Bantam Books), won the Philip K. Dick award and she’s delighted to have some of her short fiction available exclusively through Book View Café.

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Cracks in the Pavement

A Free Short Story
by C.L. Anderson

T.Nut called it dead time.  The time between the planning and the job when they just sat and waited.

This time they waited under a rickety tin awning.  A blood-warm wave of rain slammed against the loose metal, wringing all the stink of heat, smog and garbage out of the sky and into the gutters.

Rosey didn’t mind rain.  Rain hid you, like the dark did.  What she hated was waiting.   Especially when it was one of those time T.Nut wouldn’t say what they were waiting for.
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