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Free Fiction Monday: The Dead Line

2940148761846_p0_v1_s260x420Andersonville. The name strikes horror in the memory even now. But before Lieutenant Nathaniel Garrison lost two years of his life to that place, he fell in love with a beautiful Confederate—and married her at the exact wrong moment. Even fifty years later, he hears her voice. Then, on the Titanic’s sister ship, the Olympic, he sees something he shouldn’t, something that brings back everything: the war, the loss. The woman herself.

“The Dead Line” by Herotodus Award winner Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only. The story is available for $3.99 in all e-bookstores, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and Omnilit.

The Dead Line

Kristine Kathryn Rusch


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  1. Chong Go Chong Go
    September 25, 2013    

    Thanks, Kris!
    (I loved this line! “He had not made it seventy-four years by believing everything other people told him.”)

  2. September 25, 2013    

    Another terrific story, Kris. Thanks so much for posting these.

  3. Li Renli Li Renli
    September 25, 2013    

    “The Dead Line” should be required reading for shy boys (especially not-girl-smart boys)just entering teenhood so they’ll avoid needless grief by giving pretty/ popular girls in school a wide berth, ha ha. The story uses two stock characters that are more real than most people think: The young man inexperienced in the ways of women and the young woman wise in the ways of the world. I often wonder if most women are born knowing the fact that men can be easily swayed by sweet words and intimacy, or this is something that mothers teach them early on, ha ha. As a man, am going to teach my two granddaughters one important lesson: Never trust boys and men, but don’t let them ever know you mistrust them, ha ha.

  4. September 25, 2013    

    Nice one, Kris! Great story with a aatisfying ending. Thanks.

  5. 1 L Loyd 1 L Loyd
    September 24, 2013    

    Good story. The revenge was perfect, and sent a chill down my spine.

  6. September 24, 2013    

    Woof! Wow.

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