Story: Autumn Leave Taking

By: William T. Hathaway


Bracing against gusts of wind, I splash through puddles and crush red-orange-yellow leaves that splotch the sidewalk to the radiologist’s office. There I drink the barium cocktail and slide into the CAT scan ring; the machine spins and hums. The doctor shakes his head and sighs with practiced sympathy: “Terminal.” I trudge home in rain spattering onto fallen foliage.


William T. Hathaway’s new book, Lila, the Revolutionary, is a fable for adults about an eight-year-old Indian girl who sparks a world revolution for social justice. Chapters are posted at A selection of his writing is available at


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