Another short story for you. This one’s called Clay, and you can read it here.
When I wrote the first draft of the first Dominions novel, I had whole sections from Sertio’s point of view. I explored his reasons for becoming an artist, and the shocking truth that drove him. But it didn’t fit with the rest of the story, and so I cut it, leaving only the smallest of hints.
So I knew I had to return to Sertio at some point (and I have plans for him in later Dominions books). But for now, I thought it would be interesting to see him at work. Again, there are only hints at his past, but it’s interesting to see a darker side of a character who appeared so carefree and full of life in Dark Glass.
It’s a bit different to my other stories, so I’d be interested to hear what you think, either in the comments section or directly (email@example.com).
Don’t forget the other short stories, too—25 of them now, and all free to read here.