First, the IF piece, Book and Volume: Finally got the secret code word that answers the pager. Simple, and I’d thought I’d already tried it, but I guess not in the right sequence. Anyway, the response on my part was just as I’d remembered all my ventures into IF and game stories: Click save and close the program, breathing a victory sigh of relief. This gives my heart time to slow back down to its normal flub-dub perhaps adding minutes back to the hours the stress has taken off my life.
In Prairie Schooner’s Wolves, I am immediately grabbed (and so turn around and escape the book to share with ya’ll) by the metaphor. The fly was one thing; likely the death of the relationship or of the woman’s own desire to fight anymore. But the wolf, a word her husband says aloud while working a crossword puzzle, is kept to herself as a symbol. Likely, the symbol of her restlessness and emerging change in thinking of herself as a separate entity from the couple she’s been in pair with her husband. Very nice work.