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A Transformational Urban Fantasy Short Story


Joyce Reynolds-Ward

This is a work of fiction. All characters and events portrayed in this book are fictitious, and any resemblance to real people is purely coincidental.

Breakthrough: A Transformational Urban Fantasy Short Story © 2017 by Joyce Reynolds-Ward.

Another version previously published in Nightbird Singing in the Dead of Night: Fiction Beyond the Everyday Experience, edited by Jeff Dennis, © 2009, Nightbird Publishing

Cover image © Victoria Dubova (dubvika), through Depositphotos Inc.

All Rights Reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. Distribution is handled by the author, and all requests for redistribution should be pointed to the author.


The prehistoric-sounding squawk of a blue heron roused from its rest echoed over the river as the summer sunset reflected yellow and orange in the currents. Trina leaned on the wooden handrail of the bike bridge over the Willamette, watching the heron as she tapped her fingers to the rhythm of LA Woman.

A bike screeched to a stop behind her.

I've been looking for you. Patty leaned her bike against the bridge's concrete wall.

Trina exhaled. I'm not wanting to be found.

Jeb's a jerk. Patty fumbled in her pocket, bringing out a palm-sized leather pouch.

It's not Jeb, Trina sighed. It's Rick.

Patty produced a small metal pipe