Orginally published at Gay Flashfiction in June, 2008.
Faded Letter © 2008 by Rowan McBride. All rights reserved. This story may not be reproduced in whole or in part without author's permission.
Years ago, I crafted the most beautiful words. I used a fountain pen and fancy linen paper, and for once my heartís blood mixed splendidly with the ink. I wrote of a boy and his dazzling smile. I wrote to the depths of his soul, and mine.
I wrote of my love for him.
The sheet of paper was carefully folded and slipped into an envelope. I gave it to the boy, and after reading it he tossed it into the trash. People snickered as he walked away, and I realized that those beautiful words I had crafted had failed to win me his dazzling smile. My heartís blood meant nothing. I wondered if it ever would.
Itís a bitch.
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