Soon You Will Be Gone and Possibly Eaten
by Nick Antosca
Every so often, over the years, Iâ€™d be with Sabile in a barâ€”-or at an art gallery, or a partyâ€”-and a woman would walk into the room who was so beautiful that I not only ached for her but felt jealous because I knew Sabile must want her, too. Anyone gravitates to beauty like that; gender is meaningless. Orientation can fall away like snakeskin, like a robe you might loosen and step out of.
Or maybe it would be a man who walked into the room, and not only did I resent him, a possessive hand drifting to Sabileâ€™s waist, but I felt drawn to him myself.
That was what the aliens were like.
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"Soon You Will Be Gone and Possibly Eaten" is roughly 3500 words.
Nick Antosca's fiction has appeared in Nerve, The Barcelona Review, New York Tyrant, Opium Magazine, and Identity Theory. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Sun, The Huffington Post, and Hustler. His first novel, Fires, was published in 2006 and a novella, Midnight Picnic, will be released this fall by Impetus Press.