Note: I posted this last week on the podcast feed, but failed to post about it here. It is just as well; I feel this is more appropriate during Trans Awareness Week (and tomorrow is Trans Day of Remembrance). That said, if you’re trans yourself, this story has elements of gender dysphoria in it.
This one was hard to write. Not technically hard, but emotionally. It was for the Iron Writer Challenge, March 2017, and here are the elements: “Antigonish” (poem) restricted to the first verse only; Another person’s dream that you are envious of; A hangman’s noose; Will you never leave me? I couldn’t help but write this story, even though hurt to do so; it demanded to be written, given those elements.