Dying By Numbers: A short story

Sam Kates

Guilt. The heaviest burden.

An old man has for many years borne a weight that runs deeper than survivor’s guilt. He is a survivor, of humanity’s darkest hour, but wouldn’t have lived through it if not for the actions of another.

Now he has the opportunity for which he has long yearned: to meet his saviour’s daughter and tell her about her father’s supreme act of selflessness. And maybe, in the telling, one of them will find release.

 

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About the author

Sam Kates writes science fiction, fantasy, horror and general fiction. He lives in the UK. For more information on his books, his blog and to sign up for news, please visit his website at samkates.co.uk   

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Publisher
Sam Kates
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Published on
Jan 29, 2018
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Pages
18
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ISBN
9781912718184
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Short Stories (single author)
Fiction / War & Military
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