Cold Hands and the Smell of Salt by J.Y. Yang

Title: Cold Hands and the Smell of Salt
Author: J.Y. Yang
Published: January 23, 2015
Pages: 3
Publisher: Daily Science Fiction
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Anja returns with the groceries to find her dead husband sitting by the white fence he’d built, pale hands uprooting grass blades and dispersing the shards into the wind through bony fingers. She doesn’t know what he was wearing when he died, but the long thin figure by the gate is clad in the matching grey windbreaker and track pants she’d given away weeks ago.

This somewhat dark taken on a Swedish merfolk legend (see my comment a few posts back about the prevalence of merpeople in science fiction and fantasy at the moment) explores what it means to love, to lose, and to find a way to cope and move on. Finding happiness sometimes seems an impossibility, but there’s a level of personal responsibility for finding happiness and being open to those places where we might find it.  An intriguing and well-written short form J.Y. Yang.