This story first appeared in Curious Fictions in 2020. It is a fictionalized account of a real romance.

A pale-blue aura framed Thilly’s face, as she leaned in toward the monitor. Beaumain’s eyes looked tired, but they lit up at the sight of her, and he rubbed his ginger beard.

“Hello,” he said, smirking.

“Hello,” she replied, twitching a coil of hair over her shoulder nervously.

“I like your hair,” he said.