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The War at the End of the World

Heidi Belleau
Violetta Vane

Out of Print

September, 1941.

War correspondent Joseph Byrne has been cheating death all his life, ever since he spent two years in an iron lung as a boy diagnosed with polio. In the years since, the Fetch, a strange being charged by Death with collecting Joseph and transporting him into the unknown, has been condemned to watch and wait.

Now, with Joseph working in a Finland caught in a tug of war between Nazi and Soviet forces, it seems a foregone conclusion that the Fetch's sentence is at its end and Death will have Joseph for her own at last. Joseph, an openly Jewish American, has no doubt where his allegiance lies, no matter the danger. But after all these years at Joseph's side, watching him overcome adversity to grow into a brave and principled young man, the Fetch has come to realize that there are forces stronger and so much sweeter than even the purpose you were made for.

September 1941

Today, I exist.

When we were younger, whole days and nights would claw me under before I'd wink back into the world. But now that Joseph's come to this cold land on the edge of nowhere where the sun barely sets in summer, I'm with him every day. Joseph and his long shadow and me, inseparable.

I'm never sure exactly how I feel about that. It's complicated.

It's the way this place seems to always be lingering on the edge of winter, I think, that makes me more permanent now than I was before. Winter and death must be linked somehow, bound together in a way that can never be untangled, like you can't have one without the other. Or anyway, you can't have winter without death—bees, flowers, the grasshopper who refuses to work as hard as the ant, they all die at first frost—but you can definitely still have death without winter. Sort of like me and Joseph: there's no me without Joseph—I'm his after all—but Joseph can go years without me.

Or maybe it's the war.

I don't know. I'm still working this all out.

4 - Alex at Between the Covers
"[A] moving, sad, painfully tender tale.... The end is beautiful and a little painful, but ultimately satisfying."

3.5 - Jenre at Brief Encounters
"This writing pair are getting a name for writing unusual paranormal stories and this one was no exception.... It's certainly not erotica since it has no erotic content whatsoever, but the romance is very low key so don't come to this story expecting a conventional romance. Having said that, the writing in this story really is superb, with crisp imagery and a vivid character in Joseph, with his struggles and conflicts clearly shown."


10,000 words
26 pages

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Dare Empire eMedia


M/M, paranormal, historical, military, ghosts, disabilities, World War II, violence, death