‘The First Move’ By Amy Maureen Lynch

A fictional short story told in 1,288 words from two perspectives: A woman being followed when she’s alone with her children and the man pursuing her. The reader is taken along as the internal dialogue alternates between both parties. The perspective of a potentially paranoid, overprotective Mother transforms as the reader discovers she is the victim of stalking behavior that remains on the ‘right’ side of the law. All the while, the reader journeys into the perpetrator’s mind and his obliviousness to the effects his actions are having upon others. The reader learns about their history and motives with mounting suspense but is left waiting for the next move to unfold.

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