Rainbow Snippets has a sad

I seem to be suffering from the January blues, so here’s a snippet more sombre than my usual. It’s from my short story Et In Orcadia, which first appeared in Icarus magazine and is now exclusively available on Amazon in the Boys Who Go Bump in the Night anthology:


What do you say to a man whose love has been taken by the sea?

It’s not a question I’d ever given much thought to, to tell the truth. It turns out there’s any amount of things you can say—at least, I heard plenty in the weeks, the months, after Kyle went out fishing in his boat and never came back.

If you’re Mrs Smyddie, at the Post Office in St Margaret’s Hope, you say, “Och, I was sorry to hear about young Kyle. It was a bad business, that.” You give me a cake you’ve baked, as if I’m a child to be comforted with sweet things. And I dredge up a smile, because you mean it kindly and that helps, just a little.

And if you need cheering up after that, check out the rainbow snippets Facebook group for more little excerpts from a whole host of talented authors here. That’s what I’m going to be doing! 😉


About jlmerrow

JL Merrow is that rare beast, an English person who refuses to drink tea. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, where she learned many things, chief amongst which was that she never wanted to see the inside of a lab ever again. Her one regret is that she never mastered the ability of punting one-handed whilst holding a glass of champagne. She writes across genres, with a preference for contemporary gay romance and the paranormal, and is frequently accused of humour. Find JL Merrow online at: www.jlmerrow.com
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18 Responses to Rainbow Snippets has a sad

  1. Aw man, mine may be disquieting but yours is just sad!

    • jlmerrow says:

      Well, you can’t say I didn’t warn you! 😉
      I’m actually really proud of this story, although I don’t think I could write stuff like this all the time.

  2. Cheryl says:

    Aw, so sad. .Poor boy. That’s just the worst thing – the one you love just disappearing; not knowing what happened to them. You paint such a sad picture

  3. Louise Lyons says:

    Aww, that’s heartbreaking. But wonderfully written.

  4. Kate Lowell says:

    Gorgeous. You can put yourself right in his shoes.

  5. velvetpanic says:

    Leaves an ache in my heart…

  6. Jana Denardo says:

    Aw so very sad.

  7. amyraenbow says:

    This is so sad and there’s a weary resignation about his tone which is so moving.

  8. P.T. Wyant says:

    I keep rereading this and the feeling gets deeper each time.

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