One Thousand Paper Cranes

One Thousand Paper Cranes

“One Thousand Paper Cranes”
Kaleidotrope Winter 2017
Ed. Fred Coppersmith
January 7, 2017


“I really love this unsettling, strange, and dark story. I love good stories about sibling relationships, and Day captures the magic, and the love/hate bond really well. There’s darkness here, pain and violence lurking just below the surface, and the longing for something different, for the world to change. And then there’s the visceral horror of being changed…”

–Maria Haskins, Monthly Short Fiction Roundup

“[a] nicely strange tale”

–Sam Tomaino, SFRevu


First Lines

October, 2026: Remembering the Past Part 1
There is a story Elijah likes to tell himself. This story is set long before the fire, more than ten years ago, back in 2015.

Elijah was the younger brother, only eight years old, and Callie was the older sister who sent handwritten notes to the dead. Callie had long curly hair that frizzed in the summer til it was just like Elijah’s. Her skin was pale Irish, shades lighter than Elijah’s. Elijah had never met his father, though their mother claimed he was Caribbean-American. From Antigua, she always added, as though that last detail made it magically true. (Continue reading…)


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