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The Object of her Obsession

56 pages39 minutes


Can love transcend death?

There's something about Felipe-Janssen knives, the fancy ones you used to be able to get at Milano's on Tenth Street in downtown Grand Forks. My Uncle Phil got us a set of them for Christmas a half dozen years back, the ones with the guaranteed EversharpTM blades that come in one of those fancy velvet-lined boxes.

Most of them are gone now. Misplaced or thrown away. All except the filleter. I was always so careful to keep that one hidden away. I wanted to make sure it wouldn't get lost or
misused like the others.

Three summers. That's how long seventeen-year-old Emma Harris has been secretly watching Jesse, the boy her uncle hires to fix the fences on their remote North Dakota ranch. Now, three years after her father's death, Emma is ready to make him hers. There's just one problem, and it's her mother.

Tags: short story, mild erotic horror, suspense, murder, self-cutting

Ages: young adults and older (16+)

Length: approx. 10,500 words

From the collection Shorting the Undead and Other Horrors.

Saul Tanpepper is a writer of short stories and novels of speculative fiction for the undead of all ages. He lives in Northern California. Please visit him at his home on the web: tanpepperwrites(dot)com.

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