“Rise” by Reed Hearne from Glitterwolf: Issue four, 2013. Edited by Matt Cresswell.

My impulse is to say that I enjoyed this story, but the truth is that all throughout it I wanted to throttle the main character, Janet. She married a man who didn’t return her affections, became pregnant by him, and then left him for a milquetoast husband who kowtows to a bully who turns him against her son. The consequences, as you can well imagine, are dire. Oh yeah, I wanted to throttle her.

The author, though? Not so much. It’s a very well told tale. I was hooked right from the start.