TITLE: Into the Ether
GENRE: YA Dark Fantasy
She killed him with a piece of lace from her wedding gown.
Or, at least, she thought she did.
The truth was, when his soul cleaved from his body and rose with the lightness of a soap bubble toward the ever after, he felt it all. He felt the trembling of her hands as they flew, pink and swollen, to her face. He felt the warmth of her breath as she exhaled: a strange sound somewhere between disbelief and delight.
He felt the tickle of joy he usually got at the sight of her smile when she moved her hands to reveal a grin.
That, more than anything—more than her betrayal, more than his death, more than what it would mean for his family—made him sad. That even though she’d murdered him, he still loved her.
Wind rushed over him as she grew smaller and smaller below, as he gusted away toward the clear starry sky and whatever waited for him there. The moon clung to the horizon, huge and yellow. Perhaps that was where Paradise lie, on the dark side of the moon.
But he headed straight up, away from the moon and into the darkness between the stars. For a moment, it seemed as if the entire universe stretched before him. And then he was sucked somewhere . . . between. A tidal wave of force grabbed what little form he retained and pulled him into a place that was nowhere, and everywhere.