Shadows of an Empress
dream about a city she can’t identify leaves Sylvia feeling especially unsettled, she goes into her living room on a sleepless night and finds the Empress Elisabeth of Austria waiting for her.
searching for need to come from within. In a mock ceremony in Vienna, Sylvia is crowned the empress of herself and returns home to start a new life with Dan. She understands then that the city she has been haunted by all this
time is the life the two of them built, the one they are finally ready to enter together.
bedroom, the workshop—the different locations making it sound as though there
were three people talking, one an echo of the other. Still, it was his voice surrounding her
completely, a sound that always gave her comfort. Dan, Dan, the music man. Her husband never realized the most intimate
words he ever spoke to her had nothing to do with love.
how far his voice actually carried, for miles maybe, certainly as far as Zoe’s
house. She came down once, laughing,
turning them off, one after the other, diminishing the last to a faint
whisper. “Why do you make him shout
surrounding herself with the sound of his voice, wanted not to just listen but
to be able to feel it in her bones, Zoe stopped and looked at her. “Don’t tell me after all these years you’re
still in love.”
Dan’s voice, knew what it was like to have it pulsate through her veins.
the Music Man.
repetition meant to sound lyrical, like one of the tunes circling in his
head. Neither of them had ever expected
that a radio show about music boxes would become nationally syndicated, even in
a niche area like NPR. He was a celebrity
in some circles, even if most people had no idea who he was. Zoe called him the most famous man no one had
ever heard of, and, given the way Dan laughed when she said it, Sylvia wished
it had been her comment instead.
words, although she sometimes felt his comments were a secret code meant only
for her. At the moment he was describing
one of their own antiques, a real treasure they had acquired just a few weeks
ago, the one Dan called the music box of his dreams.
horses that would race across the front as the music played, the device
designed so that the winning horse was randomly selected. She knew why he
prized it, that it wasn’t just the box itself, as exquisite as it was, but the
way it represented their lives together, fitting in perfectly with the
Victorian farmhouse, the real horses she loved so, a true home where husband
and friend were never far away.
collection, The Paradise Ranch. Her short stories have appeared in an anthology, Horse Crazy: Horses and the
Women who Love Them, and numerous literary magazines, including The Massachusetts Review, The Artful Dodge,
The Ball State University Forum, Crack the Spine, Blue Lake Review, Ceilidh, Eureka Literary Magazine, Crossconnect, Spout, The Styles, Turnrow, Half Tones to Jubilee, Potpourri, The Baybury Review, Arnazella, Parting Gifts, Pointed Circle, Seems, The Rockhurst Review, Oracle, and The Griffin. She has reviewed books
for The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, The Pittsburgh Press and The New York Times Book Review.
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