Congratulations to Alpha graduate Rachel Halpern (2007 & 2008), whose short story “Make No Promises” appears today in Beneath Ceaseless Skies:
My rooms look out on the back courtyard, so if I turn my head I can see everyone passing through. Just now, it’s the stable boy my sister has been pining after. Looking at him, I see our futures etched in the air between us, the courtyard filling with echoes of what will come. My sister will wait for him to approach her, careful of the power difference between them, but they will court for a time.