Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Injured in a war that has stretched on for years, Sergeant John Peterson guards a lonely border. Aside from passing contact with railship captains, the only person he sees is the enemy: the man who guards the other side of the border. A bad fall places John’s life in the other soldier’s hands. He’s wary of his rescuer, First Lieutenant Thomas Fellowes, but over time he finds himself drawn to his new companion. Both soldiers carry the war in their souls, but they might find peace in each other.
“The Border” is a story about war veterans and the scars, both internal and external, they carry. Set in a steampunk world, it is a gentle story of acceptance and healing.
I think I liked Thomas’ persistence the best. I can’t say much for fear of spoiling the story, so I won’t.
I’d recommend this story for anyone who likes stories about veterans, learning to cope with the past war and current peace, and sweet stories. It’s a lovely short about two men trying to move on from their pasts.
Reviewed by Alison