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Search Continues for Elderly Man: 09/04/08
The second story in the September issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction, "Search Continues for Elderly Man" is Laura Kasischke's FSF debut. It's a rather dark piece about an old man looking back at the "what-ifs" of his life.
Mr. Rentz begins rethinking his life when he's visited by an oddly familiar boy and dog. The boy asks him if he'll come out to play. As he tries to figure out who the boy and the dog are, he relieves the worst moments of life.
The story is depressing but it ends on a potentially hopeful note. In its exploration of the lost chances of childhood, it reminds me of previous FSF stories: