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Anna, Love Séamus

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LOVE STORY

I thought men aren’t supposed to do love.’ Those were Anna’s first words to me.

I am Séamus – a thinker, a watcher, a listener. I am serious, I guess. Some may misinterpret me as a melancholic pessimist, but I am easy to misinterpret. Quietness often does that.

There are many things I don’t expect to happen in my life. I don’t expect to win anything. I don’t expect to live long. I don’t expect children to like me. I don’t expect people to tell me they have enjoyed my poetry; I don’t expect anyone to read it. I don’t expect eye contact. I don’t expect God to answer my prayers. And I don’t expect unknown women to speak to me in the back corners of cafés.

I didn’t expect Anna.

She arrived, tearing the shafting light from the shop’s miniature cottage windows into two. I could see the shape of a woman and hear the sound of a woman, but the detail was lost in the blinding sunshine. And I could find no words for this faceless being, hovering above me. My tongue fastened in a knot of incomprehension and surprise, like a little boy being admonished for something he was doing that he had no idea was wrong.

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In the first issue of Writing Magazine for the New Year, we look at what's hot for 2018 as publishing insiders share their predictions for the year ahead. You can get your writing year off to a great new start with advice for all writers - whether you write crime, romance, fantasy, poetry, historical fiction or for children, we've got something in this issue to help and inspire you. • Our star interview is the queen of dynasty sagas, the great Barbara Taylor Bradford. • Keep up to date with the latest opportunities to sell your work and see it in print, and win £58,142 in writing prizes.

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