Amor Fugit: 11/01/10
I'm normally on top of literary allusion but I completely missed it with "Amor Fugit" by Alexandra Duncan in the January / February issue of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
For me, it was the story of Ourania, a young woman who was living an idyllic albeit somewhat broken and definitely isolated life with her parents. Her mother was with her in the day and her father was with her at night but she couldn't remember them ever being together.
Now that should have been a good clue that something metaphorical was up. But no. Not for me. I blame on being in the middle of working for the Census. Working odd hours seven days a week makes a person a little strange.
See what everyone else got that I completely missed was that Ourania's parents were embodiments of day and night. Did I see it? Nope. But it's there and even if you don't get the symbolism, it's a lovely story.