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  • Hatty's story reminded me of a minor heartbreak that I experienced with one of my very first Cowbird stories. I wrote it on the 14th of February for the Valentine's Day collection and I talked about my first love. As Hatty says, I felt the story was incomplete if said first love did not get a chance to read it. We had only recently got in touch again after decades of not hearing much about each other. We had parted on good terms, we had moved on, had rich and fulfilling lives, so there was nothing desperate or stalkerish about my email to him with the link to the story.

    I just wanted him to know how much he had meant to me at the time. Because I was too young and foolish back then to express it.

    I have not heard from him at all since.

    The heartbreak is minor, negligible, easy to laugh at wryly, easy to explain away. It was, after all, so long ago. Spring has come and new life is budding forth. I am full of energy and plans, I do not look back.

    But there is a younger, more tremulous heart within this hardened crust which does now have scars. And the memory of that first love is no longer quite so serene.
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