A short story of 5k words, originally published in Witch Fantastic, edited by Mike Resnick and Martin H. Greenberg.
A young office worker overlooks a standing grove of weeping willows. There, her co-workers eat lunch in the shade. She’s tried this; all she can hear while she’s there is the weeping of children she can’t see, can’t touch, can’t reach. No one else can hear them. There’s nothing she can do, because there are no children.
But she has to do something, has to find out some information that might allow her to hear what everyone else hears.
Who owns the willow grove? Who cries at its heart? What does it want from a woman who has never really been wanted?
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About the Author
I write novels as Michelle Sagara:
THE BOOKS OF THE SUNDERED
Into the Darklands
Children of the Blood
Lady of Mercy
Chains of Darkness, Chains of Light
(These were published originally as Sagara books, but were reprinted under the name “Michelle Sagara West”
CHRONICLES OF ELANTRA:
Cast in Shadow
Cast in Courtlight
Cast in Secret
Cast in Fury
Cast in Silence
Cast in Chaos
Cast in Ruin (September 20, 2011)
Cast in Peril*
THE QUEEN OF THE DEAD:
Silence (May, 2012)