All I remember is on Day/Week 2, the mayfly persona is very blasé about dying the next day/week, and the longer lived one is already kind of mourning/concerned. However the next day/week the mayfly is inconsolable as they realise their mortality.

Anyone got anything?

  • I think I’ve read it. Feels like Bradbury maybe. Dec 23, 2022 at 13:21
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    @ToddWilcox Bradbury's "Frost and Fire" fits the short lifespan, but there is no longer-lived human falling in love Dec 23, 2022 at 13:25
  • Was it maybe called "the petals of a rose"? (Or something like that)
    – Danny Mc G
    Dec 24, 2022 at 18:45
  • Something like "The Petals of a Rose" is what I was thinking too. Pretty sure there was a story in Analog with similar title and that theme, sometime late 70s-early 80s. One of the illustrations, if I remember, was a line drawing of an alien shedding rose-petal like appendages. Jan 7 at 11:07


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