“The Empyrean Light,” by Gregory Norman Bossert
I really like this. You get to know Ms. Wronski so gradually and so well, and you even get a glimpse into the character of the faithfully watching crow. And what happens to the fallen crow is such a wonderful surprise.
I kept thinking about how I would react to finding a dying animal—in the past I took drastic action, but today I think I would bring it something to drink (if you’re dying in great pain, you may as well get tipsy) and try to keep it warm. Certainly I would talk to it, as Ms. Wronski does. Crows, at least, surely understand that they’re being spoken to, and can interpret tone of voice.
That “Ms.” is interesting, a hint perhaps that she’s a teacher and accustomed to writing her title and surname across a chalkboard (or maybe they use whiteboards these days).
I wonder why “empyrean” rather than “celestial” or “heavenly”? Had to look it up. Maybe to suggest something ancient?
Apparently the author focuses mainly on speculative fiction. Always refreshing to find that kind of crossover.
Semicolon watch: I found twelve! I think it’s safe to say semicolons are alive and well in literary fiction.