The Boy Who Could Do Anything

A Story from the Partial Garden

Another idea I have for this blog is to put up short stories based on my books in the “Pages” section of this site. Now that I have figured out how to do that the way I want, I now present to you my story, “The Boy Who Could Do Anything.”

My third finished work, The Partial Garden, (which was also a finalist in a manuscript competition) is about Dustin and Amber, who find themselves frequently transported between their own world and a strange new one. Besides not getting along at all at first, they face a mysterious adversary that seems to want to kill them. Dustin and Amber have to cooperate and help each other—especially Amber, who is confined to a wheelchair—to figure out where they are, why this thing is after them, and how to get (and stay) home.

Without giving too much away from either story, I’d like to give you a few pertinent facts about the short story.

  • This takes place about 50 years before The Partial Garden.
  • Al isn’t a character in the novel, but another person in the story is.
  • It’s safe to assume that Al has traveled to the same place Amber and Dustin will go—but his trip is a bit different.
  • Al’s experience in this world is extremely rare, and his path won’t be repeated for at least 50 years.

I suppose one small advantage to not having my novel published at this point is that I can go back and change it—Al will very likely get a mention in my next draft. Well, I hope you enjoy. Let me know what you think of it!


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