When I first read the story some cliche phrases made me want to throw the journal on the ground but I gave it another chance and it's actually quite a fine story. I think the phrases that were bothering me were an attempt by the author to create a 19th century voice. And, it does make me want to pull the story "Snow Men" published by One Story, issue 131, off of my shelf and read it. Without ever purchasing another book, I have enough short story journals, anthologies and collections to last the rest of my life. I cannot read as fast as I purchase.
"Permission" was published in Zoetrope: All-Story, issue spring 2015.
link to Naomi J. Williams's web page