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April 09 , 2008

Desolate Hopes


‘Now I must make my heart numb or have it break a thousand times over.’

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За себя или за другую?

A short story by Valery Yakovlevich Bryusov (1873—1924), originally published in 1910. * * * * * * Рассказ Валерия Яковлевича Брюсова (1873—1924), впервые опубликованный в 1910 году. ?Она! Нет, конечно, она! – сказал сам себе Петр Андреевич Басманов, когда дама, обратившая на себя его внимание, пятый или шестой раз прошла мимо его столика?.

Abel Balat cares nothing for life and seeks harm’s way at every chance. When he becomes shipwrecked, he accepts his knight’s bidding to explore the dangers of the coast, hoping to find them. Left distraught by his daughter’s death, he longs to hate those lurking in the wilds as much as he loathes himself.

A chance meeting gives him reason to live a little longer and brings his adventure to a bleak and gods forsaken ruin by the sea. The choices he makes there will affect the rest of his life.

Will he find the end he searches for?

Please note: this is a fantasy short story of 4200 words in the Eald Cearo series and is also available in story collections.

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