Three Smiles

The Lorelei Signal, November 2014

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Elin has lived all of her life with two basic facts: She suffers constant pain, and she's cursed with the inability to smile. But she's determined to win her own Happily Ever After.

This story was written out of frustration. For many years I battled repetitive stress injuries that made it difficult to do the things I loved to do. Out of that experience came a need to explore the effect of constant pain on a person. As a result, perhaps, this story feels angrier than many of my others.