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Genre: Urban fantasy
Word Count: 67,000
“Why isn’t the sky blue anymore?”
The man sat under a bridge with his niece huddled beside him. The black rain seeped through the cracks above and left little pools of ash on the pale skin of the girl’s arms. The child reminded him of a doll that had been left out in the rain and ruined. Her hair was so tangled and matted that he had cut it into short uneven clumps.
“Why isn’t the sky blue anymore?” she asked again.
Lena, dear, I don’t know.”
“Yes, you do.”
“The sky is a giant mirror that reflected the blue oceans. But someone threw a rock at the sky and it shattered. So now we just see what was behind the sky.”
“Can they fix it?”
The brush nearby crackled and he was there. The child pressed herself closer to him.
Lena, I want you to go with this man.”
Her little green eyes went wide with fright. “I want to stay with you.”
He took a deep breath to hold back tears. “I am no good at taking care of you. He is going to take you to a better place, a place where the sky is still blue.”
“Will Mommy and Daddy be there?”
Each time she asked of them, he felt like his heart would burst. But this would be the last time he would have to say it.
“You won’t see Mommy and Daddy for a long time. They will meet you in heaven.”