By David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer
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One day passes, perhaps two—he does not keep track. He remembers to take care of his mother but often forgets to eat. His mother lives, more and more, in that other world. His sisters and brother call from other towns, anxious about the reports of escalating violence; he tells them not to worry. When things are back to normal they will come and see him and their mother. How marvelous, the Universal Mystery That only a true Lover can comprehend! —Bulleh Shah, eighteenth century Punjabi Sufi poet Logic merely sanctions the conquests of the intuition.
For a moment there were no barriers between them, no boundaries of gender, religion, caste or class. Then she turned and vanished behind a stand of shisham trees. He wasn’t sure if she had really been there in the half-light or whether he had conjured her up, but for a long time she represented something elemental to him. Sometimes he thought of her as Woman, sometimes as a river. He got home in time for the funeral. His job kept him busy, and kept the moneylender from their door. With the stubborn optimism of the young, he kept hoping that one day his fortunes would change, that he would go back to college and complete his degree.
Then he notices that there aren’t any children, even though the summer holidays are going on. The vegetable market is very busy. People are buying up everything like crazy. He buys a few potatoes, onions and a large gourd, and goes home. He locks the door. His mother, no longer up to cooking meals, watches as he cooks. After they eat and he has her tucked into bed, he goes to his study and opens a book on mathematics. One day passes, perhaps two—he does not keep track. He remembers to take care of his mother but often forgets to eat.
Year's Best SF 15 by David G. Hartwell, Kathryn Cramer