The psychology of depression is often one of a person mired in their own dark fantasy. The fantasy of the mind is a powerful thing, not to be underestimated.
This tale follows Dominga, an EMT on the verge of burn out from “caring too much.” She’s also not over the last guy she broke up with and falling for an equally self-deprecating Nico who seems to want to cut ties to everything and everyone without ramifications. Their relationship rides the line of enabling each other in their respective dysfunctions.
They attempt to talk to each other through the fantastical notions of Lovecraftian annihilation and insignificance. Just maybe they can find something and someone worth living for . . .
This tale appears in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2016 edited by Rich Horton, which I received directly from Prime Books.
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