I saw who the email was from and sighed. How will this rejection be? I wonder and click on the message, face slightly turned away, wincing.
We would love to have your story appear in our 13th issue, scheduled for publication in May 2011. It will be another week or so before I can send out the contracts, but this offer is firm. If that is your artwork you’ve sent with the story, I’d love to have that on the site as well. Please let me know if this is acceptable.
What? My sharp intake of breath got my husband’s attention. “What’s wrong?” he asked.
I read the message again. And again.
My husband stepped closer to me. “What is it?”
I half believed that if I told him what I thought I was reading, I would look back and be proven wrong.
The shock of acceptance–here in May!