Catch Me When You Fall
A moving novel about learning to find happiness in the face of uncertainty and discovering a love that transcends the boundary between life and death.
Seventeen-year-old Alex Byrd is about to have the worst day of her life, and the best. A routine blood test that will reveal her leukaemia has returned, but she also meets Jamie Orange.
Some people believe in love at first sight, and some don't.
I believe in love in four days.
I believe in falling.
Both teenagers have big dreams, but also big obstacles to overcome.
'Promise me you won't try to die,' I said. 'Ever.'
'Promise me you won't either,' he countered.
'It's not really something I can control.'
Eileen Merriman works full-time as a consultant haematologist at North Shore Hospital. Her writing has appeared in a number of national and international journals and anthologies, including Smokelong Quarterly, The Island Review, Literary Orphans, the 2015 Bath Short Story Anthology, the Sunday Star-Times, F(r)iction, Takahe, Headland and Flash Frontier. Her awards include second in the 2015 Bath Flash Fiction Award, commended in the 2015 Bath Short Story Competition, third in the 2014 & 2015 Sunday Star-Times Short Story competitions, and first place in the 2015 Graeme Lay Short Story competition.