Kyra Simone is a writer living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlas Review, Black Clock, Cleaver, Conjunctions, Little Star, Prelude, The Wrong Quarterly, and Vestiges, among other journals. She is a member of the editorial collective at Ugly Duckling Presse.
The orange glow of a burning forest drifts toward them from the distance, as they fall through the clouds to a frozen frontier. Just weeks ago they were only boys throwing their hats up in a rejoicing crowd, planes and fireworks shooting above them, bursting through the air like phoenixes freed from books.