Mementos and Memories

Mementos and Memories by Cora BuhlertOnce, Anjali Patel and Mikhail Grikov were soldiers on opposing sides of an intergalactic war. They met, fell in love and decided to go on the run together.

Now Anjali and Mikhail are trying to eke out a living on the independent worlds of the galactic rim, while attempting to stay under the radar of those pursuing them.

At a market on the tropical ocean world of Sentosa, Anjali and Mikhail come across a dagger for sale. This dagger is the signature weapon of the Imperial Shakyri Corps, and Anjali knows that no Shakyri warrior would ever willingly part with their dagger. So Anjali and Mikhail go in search of the lawful owner of the dagger and come across a long forgotten tale of forbidden love…

This is a story of 7300 words or approximately 25 print pages in the In Love and War series, but may be read as a standalone.

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  • This is a story of 7300 words or approx. 25 print pages in the In Love and War series, but may be read as a standalone. This story is a digital premiere and has never been published previously.
  • Mementos and Memories was written during the 2019 July short story challenge. The idea was to write a short story per day in July 2019.
  • The inspiration for Mementos and Memories was the backcover blurb of a Jack Reacher novel, The Midnight Line by Lee Child, of all things. According to the blurb, Jack Reacher spots a West Point class ring in the window of a pawn shop and sets out to locate the owner, because no one would ever willingly give up such a ring. When I read the blurb, I thought, “Wow, this would be a great plot for an In Love and War story.”
  • I haven’t read The Midnight Line, so I have no idea what Lee Child did with the basic idea, though I suspect that it’s a lot more violent than my rather low-key In Love and War adventure.
  • The planet Sentosa is named after an island off the Singapore coast, which is an entertainment and pleasure resort that I visited as a kid. Decades later, the island briefly came to international fame as the site of the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
  • Kota Terapung means “floating city” in Malaysian.
  • The cover is once again stock art by the talented Thai artist Tithi Luadthong a.k.a. Grandfailure.
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