Joined

For July we bring you Sarah L. Byrne's Joined --

When your heart broke, I felt it too. We were walking through the city park when it happened; together but apart, because that was the way we’d become by then, wasn’t it? There was an arm's-length distance and a silence as wide as a desert between us, but we were still joined, which meant we were sharing the scent of the lilac blossoms, the cool of the spring air on our skin, sharing the guarded edges of each other's feelings. Then your heart just tore itself apart.

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Joined is anthologized in the Best British Science Fiction 2016.