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Sarah Yost is a full-time toddler wrangler and part time SFF writer. She runs the blog QuixoticQuill.com where she shares her short stories, writing prompts, and art and reading recommendations. Glimmers is Sarah's first professional publication.

Children are so frequently told they have wonderful imaginations that she never took the signs seriously. She'd always noticed the shadows at the corner of her eye, the glimmers of light that didn't belong. It was her favorite game to pretend she was the focus of some Otherness, but only a game.
Devotion to her studies left little room for make believe. The arrival of glasses gave her the excuse she needed to ignore the phenomenon entirely, a reflection, light off the frames. Nothing to bother with.
As an adult, the apparitions still appeared. On the dark, lonely nights she would give in and play at being special. Flickers of recognition for a worthy heart.
Then she married and the lonely times were fewer. Many new distractions presented themselves. Career and nights out were soon replaced by talks of family. At eight months along, the occurrences were easy to dismiss as just another odd symptom.
It was as she delivered her baby, in that joyous and terrifying moment, that she realized two things: it had never been a game, and she hadn't been the chosen one after all.
The End
This story was first published on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Author Comments

As a kid, I really did pretend the flashes of movement at the corner of my eye were fairies fluttering around. I've wanted to write this story for a long time to capture that feeling of wonder. The end result was much creepier than I intended, but I'm not disappointed.

- Sarah Yost
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