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Burn the Brightest

Emily Moreton

Out of Print

Edith is a woman who has been burned too many times to play the fool again. That is, until she meets Jo, a naval communications officer, and finds herself questioning all of her assumptions about life and love. Edith's rule to never again date someone in the military first bends, and then breaks under the weight of her attraction to easy-going, confident Jo. But when duty and desire collide, Edith fears being left behind once again.

Maybe that conversation was the reason. Maybe it was the pure glee on Jo's face as she tapped her foot to the bluegrass music concert they'd gone to.

Maybe Edith's patience just finally wore out.

Whatever it was, sitting in Jo's car outside her own apartment building, she found herself saying instead of goodnight, "Do you want to come up? I've got ice cream."

Jo's expression tipped into almost exaggerated surprise for a moment, but she rallied fast, turning the engine off and reaching into the backseat for her jacket. "I've always said every good evening should end with ice cream."

They walked up the two flights of stairs to Edith's apartment in a silence that really didn't help her suddenly churning stomach or her nervous, hummingbird thoughts.

They could just have ice cream, she rationalized. It had maybe sounded a bit too much like a come on for just friends, but she knew Jo would accept it if she gave a clear signal that the evening would be over after ice cream. Just because they hadn't ever been to each other's apartments didn't have to mean anything. They'd been friends for the better part of two months. It was about time they extended it out of the purely public arena.

4.5 - Rainbow Reviews
"I really enjoyed that Jo wasn't chasing too hard ~ that it really was Edith coming to realise that her preconceptions about service personnel that's stopping her from getting what she wanted. The ending gives the story an unexpected twist ~ I'd love to read more about these characters, but the closing lines are perfect just as they are.(Note: The rating given applies to the anthology as a whole.)"

4 - Tarsilla
"Full of heartbreak and angst, Burn the Brightest is truly a remarkable short story... The ending blew my mind, it was so unexpected. I loved how the story comes full circle, making this one of the most humane and realistic romantic tales I've ever read... This refreshing plot and complex and heartsick main character make reading this short story absolutely worthy."

4 - Fire Pages
"My heart really went out to Edith in this short.... This is the classic story of a woman conscience telling her not to date someone, and does so to her own detriment.... This is definitely a tale you can picture your best gal pal telling you over coffee."

0 - Good Lesbian Books
"[A] realistic look at what relationships for couples involved in the military and overall, a gentle, rather depressing romance about essentially 'ordinary' characters."

0 - C-Spot Reviews
"All in all, this is not the story that I expected – this is a gentle romance rather than erotica and it gave me some food for thought as I read it. The ending is poignant and a bit ambiguous, which I rather like in a short story."


Cast the Cards


7,500 words
17 pages

Release Date

Book Type

Short Story





Cover Art

S.L. Armstrong


F/F, military