Alone on an empty, eerie road in the middle of the Sacramento Delta, Carla fumes at the boyfriend who abandoned her. The sun sets. A car appears. A pleasant looking couple offers wary Carla a ride. The fare: "Tell us the story." Not just any story. The story. But this is one story Carla would rather not reveal to complete strangers. Or to herself. A contemporary fantasy short story by Dale Hartley Emery.
Dale Hartley Emery writes fiction in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, and mystery. His short stories include Carrion Road, Yantriel’s Privy, and The Last Whiskey Bacon Cheddar Burger at Saint Florian’s Abbey. Dale has worked as a failed shoemaker, reluctant dairy farmer, and ruthless ice cream man. For several years he monitored the nuclear test ban treaty, making sure those pesky commies didn’t blow up the planet. (They didn’t.) When he isn’t writing, Dale advises software teams and leaders about how to play nice together. Colleagues in Dale’s industry once created a special award for him for being reasonable. Dale lives in California with his wife.