The Drifter’s Song, by Z.A. Maxfield
Desolate soddie dweller Cal is only a heartbeat away from giving up on life entirely. He’s lost his wife and kids and the will to survive life on the bleeding edge of the frontier. He spends his days grinding out the barest living and at night he sits in the small family cemetery and looks up at the stars.
When saddle tramp and natural philosopher Laurent happens by and sees Cal sitting there, he’s fascinated. What could make a man live in a house made of earth and spend his evenings among his dead? As he watches, he begins to fear the farmer might take his own life. Laurent wonders if he should intervene.
Cal is living with grief and guilt and the most terrible secret he can imagine. Laurent, who has a secret of his own, is fleeing into the west from a life where he’s shunned.
Two men, one secret, and a chance to start over.
Z. A. Maxfield is a fifth-generation native of Los Angeles, although she now lives in the O.C. She started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four manages to find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can do if you completely give up housework.” Find her here.