Wednesday, March 11, 2020

So Long as We Both, by Tom Purdom


(SF Drama) Jobarto wants a child, but Rebeka isn’t ready. He’s willing to wait, but, even though they’re immortal, he doesn’t want to wait forever. (5,044 words; Time: 16m)

"So Long as We Both," by (edited by Sheila Williams), appeared in issue 03-04|20, published on by .

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Review: 2020.121 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: This is a literary story about how Jobarto’s obsession with having yet another child threatens his relationship with Rebeka. They go back and forth, and eventually end up where they started, but with a better understanding of their relationship.

Con: Personally, I didn’t buy her arguments that this was about trust; it seemed pretty clear to me that she didn’t want to deal with a child again—ever—and she was just putting him off. However, immortals wanting to have multiple children is a recipe for disaster, so I didn’t feel supportive of him either.

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