Do you have a full moon story?

Something strange and inexplicable that happened under one of those illuminated moons? Mine involves my mother.

At the time, she was a resident in a nursing home and required full care due to dementia. It had been at least three years since she’d been able to feed herself, say an intelligible word or recognize friends and family.

Yet, for the space of two hours under a beautiful full moon, all of her faculties returned. She could tell the difference between inside and outside, knew that a television was a device that displayed transmitted images (and not a window into another reality populated by very small humans).

She was back to her old self for the space of about two hours before bed.

The next morning, she was gone again.

Her board-certified neurologist had no explanation, other than saying her stroke-damaged brain was like a bombed-out city, and possibly had found new communication routes.


What I do know is that, thanks to a couple of hours of full moon beams, I got to say goodbye.

That zone where scientists speculate is fertile territory for science fiction writers. Happily, Marcelle Dube went there with her story, “The Verdant Gene.” In it she explores the mysteries of a planet with not one, but two moons and what happens at perigee. It’s from Fiction River: Moonscapes.



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You can read “The Verdant Gene” by Marcelle Dube in  Fiction River: Moonscapes, which is available in ebook and trade paperback at your favorite retailer.