(Hiroshima was published in The Sword Review in February 2006 and in Aphelion in December 2008. Enjoy the following excerpt.)
“But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.” Romans 10:18
While life, death and the temporal paradox waged silent desperate battle within the narrow confines of my cranium, Mariko and Izumi lay on the mat beside me, their voices animated, energetic, alive. For two years, I had known of their deaths, the circumstances, the time right down to the second. Yet in those two years, when they had treated me like a sister, shared their blanket, their house and even their food, with me, a stranger, I had not tried to save them or even warn them. I was not their friend. I was their Judas.
Read the rest at http://www.aphelion-webzine.com/shorts/2008/12/Hiroshima.html