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Bride of the Gulf
Danai Christopoulou

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Bride of the Gulf

By Danai Christopoulou | | Danai Christopoulou
Edited by Rowan Morrison || Narrated by - || Produced by Lian Xia Rose
Blood, dissociation, brief mention of violence
2900 words

Niki wipes sticky blood off her cheek. 

She stops mid-step, perplexed by the quickly browning russet substance on her fingers. Maybe something fell from the sky—paint, perhaps. There’s scaffolding a few blocks back, workers renovating a hotel’s facade, so desperate to hide the old soul of buildings under the lacquered veil of modernity. Niki walks toward one of the few lampposts still lit along the seaside promenade, its yellow light locked in a losing battle with the morning mist. 

She raises her smeared fingers to the light and feels—

No. This is not the time for her to be feeling or wondering or, worse, remembering. Not when it’s almost 5:30 a.m., and she’s going to be late for work. Desperate to distract her, I offer her the song. Just the first four notes, of course, and no words. She can’t handle more, anyway.

Sol la, sol la… This should be enough for her to focus on.

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Danai Christopoulou writes speculative stories inspired by her heritage (Greek, Egyptian, and Romanian) as well as her experiences living abroad as a queer, neurodivergent femme, and a journalist. Danai’s non-fiction writing has appeared in several women’s and lifestyle magazines in Europe and in the US since 2008. She is a submissions editor for Uncanny magazine, a proofreader for khōréō magazine, and a QueeryFest mentor. Her short fiction is published or forthcoming in Etherea Magazine, Haven Spec, khōréō magazine and others, and her novel-length work is represented by Lauren Bieker of FinePrint Literary.
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