“Coward’s Steel” by K.C. Ball

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After the loss of her savior and mentor, Tate is forced to carry on. Jolene taught her so much after the collapse of civilization saving her from a premature death. Even from the grave, Jolene whispers to Tate. Everything the girl learned from her tutor runs through her head everyday, and she follows all of the rules Jolene taught her….until she meets a mysterious old woman on the outskirts of a deserted town. The woman gives Tate a flask full of whiskey. The net morning the woman is gone, and the town is no longer deserted. Ignoring the things Jolene taught her, Tate decides the town is too cozy to leave right away. She’ll stay for just a little while…

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About the Author
K.C. Ball writes speculative fiction. She lives in Seattle with her wife, Rachael. Some sixty of her stories have appeared in print and online in such publications as Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies and Lightspeed, and in her first collection, Snapshots From A Blackhole & Other Oddities, from Hydra House Books. She is a 2010 graduate of the Clarion West writers workshop and won the Hubbard Writers of the Future Award in 2009.
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