Aphelion Issue 258, Volume 25
February 2021
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Old Friends

by Christopher T. Dabrowski

Translated from Polish by Magda Woźniak

Seneria, 1494 – occupied grounds:

Hagen approached a warrior on guard. The Guard's smile brightened.

"Hagen, long time no see! To tell the truth I should be afraid of you" he said to his friend.

They fell into a bear hug. In the blink of an eye, Hagen took a dagger out.

"Of course you should," he thought, stabbing a blade in his friend’s back.

"Forgive me," he whispered through tears, supporting his twitching body.

Carefully, silently he dragged his friend’s corpse into the bushes. He will not even be able to bury him with dignity. What a time! Unfortunately, when the war is raging around, you cannot afford affection. Mission is paramount. They trained him that. However, he felt basely about it.

2021 Christopher T. Dabrowski

Christopher T. Dabrowski has published in many places:
USA: "Escape" (2019 - Royal Hawaiian Press), "Anomaly" (2020 - Royal Hawaiian Press)
Spain:"La fuga" (2019 - Royal Hawaiian Press), "Anomalia" (2019 - Royal Hawaiian Press)
Germany: "Die Anomalie" (2020 - Der Romankiosk)
Poland: "Deathbirth" (2008 - Armoryka publishing house),
"Anima vilis" (2010 - Initium publishing house),
"Grobbing" (2012 - Novae Res publishing house),
"Deathbirth and other stories" (2012 & 2017 - Agharta & Armoryka publishing house),
"Z życia Dr Abble" (2013 - Agharta publishing house),
"Orgazmokalipsa" (2016 - Alternatywne publishing house),
"Anomalia" (2016 - Forma publishing house),
"Ucieczka" (2017 - Dom Horroru publishing house) &
"Nie w inność" (2019 - Waspos publishing house.)
He has contributed to anthologies published in the USA, England, Australia, Canada, Poland, Russia, Germany & India, and has stories in PLAYBOY in the Slovak, USA, English, Czech , Russian, Brasilian, Spanish, Argentinian, German, Italian, Hungarian, Mexican, Albanian, & Nigerian editions.

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