Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Stage IV
by Samantha Henderson
(Recipient of an Honorable Mention in Best Horror Of The Year Volume One, edited by Ellen Datlow)
On the beach across the street from the liquor store that's down the road from the clinic,
A bicycle rusts, bent almost in half,
Useless even to the beggars
And wild children who beg for candy in almost-perfect English.
Five steps beyond: nothing below your feet but air, more air,
Air scrubbed clean by salt,
And salt water, blue as a blind kitten's eyes,
Deep as the world.
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"Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Stage IV" is roughly 225 words.
Samantha Henderson lives in Southern California with various fauna. Her fiction and poetry have been published in Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, ChiZine, Fantasy Magazine, Lone Star Stories, and Weird Tales.