My Dead True Love
by Kim Pierce
When a newspaper reporter’s fiancé dies abruptly, she questions how he could just cease to be.
Dogged by unbidden thoughts, odd coincidences and unexplained phenomena, Ann Stewart becomes obsessed with finding out what really happens after we die and whether her beloved Gregory is still out there. She finds her answer, which takes her and a close-knit coterie of women to the edge of the cosmos—and the core of their own hearts.
Based on a true story.
We stood a moment without speaking—sizing each other up, I suppose—before I invited her to have a seat on the couch. I sat down next to her.
“Look, I know this situation is awkward,” I began. “Me the fiancée, you the ex-wife…”
“Yeah, I can only imagine what he’s said about me. Medusa unbound.”
“Oh no, that’s not what I meant.…”
I tripped over my words.
“But it’s very likely what he meant.” She let out a belly laugh.
Bunching up her considerable green velvet skirt, she stretched out her legs, revealing black cowboy boots.
“Ours was not a friendly parting.”
“I gathered,” I said. “I also know you were married for, like, ten years—double the time I knew him. And I know I ought to feel jealous…”
Elizabeth stared at me, waiting.
“But I don’t.”
“No. You were close to him. He was close to you.” I paused. It was difficult, even counterintuitive, what I was trying to say. “I could hear this in the intimate way you talked about him at the service.”
I clasped my hands as my words spilled out haltingly.
“I don’t even know how to say this,” I continued, “but I understood. It’s not like you’re a rival. You’re more like a sister. Or something like that. Someone I have a common bond with. He’s gone, and the hurt of that…”
I looked away. Tears were percolating up, boiling over again. Would this fountain of grief never cease?
I rushed to add, “The hurt of that doesn’t leave room for trivial bullshit like jealousy.” There, I’d said it. My heart was pounding.
“We… shared… him. Like no one else can understand.”
Kim Pierce is a former Dallas Morning News writer and editor who completed the Writer’s Path fiction program at Southern Methodist University. My Dead True Love is her first novel, inspired by events surrounding the death of her fiancé in 1998. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her partner and three cats.
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