From the author: “Bread and Arrows” is a journey into a dark place, grappling with loss and mortality and hard choices. It also features a different role for the charismatic, sexually attractive stranger; Celine looks beneath the handsome exterior to the suffering man, and draws compassion from her own struggle. And the bakery salamander was irresistible!
Celine knelt in front of the brick-lined bread oven, her head and shoulders halfway inside the fire pit. Her probing fingertips scraped against a cracked, unevenly heating floor tile. She took out her stone-wand, hoping she wouldn't have to dismantle the entire oven to make repairs. Nestled in a bucket of warm ashes, her salamander kept up an incessant grumble.
“Fire-go-out! World end!”
The string of bells on the front door of the bakery shop chimed gently, accompanied by the creaking hinge....