Christian Petersen's stories have been anthologized in the 1997 edition of Best Canadian Stories (ed. Douglas Glover) and West By Northwest: B.C. Short Stories. He has published in Event, Prism International, Pottersfield Portfolio, The New Quarterly, Grain, The Fiddlehead and TickleAce.
Outside the Line
Peter Ellis is a rookie probation officer in interior British Columbia when he gets saddled with a file that goes sideways. Heâ€™s not in the best headspace to start with, since his marriage broke down last winter. Now itâ€™s the middle of summer, the rodeoâ€™s coming to town, and the one solid thing left in his life, his job, suddenly bucks him hard.
Former NHL player Todd Nolin is Peterâ€™s new "client." Peterâ€™s job is all about risk management, and Nolin is a good bet to commit more mayhem. The victim is Toddâ€™s wife, Marina Faro, who has been badly beaten and feels her estranged husband is bent on killing her.
Peter grapples with his need to keep Marina safe while maintaining a rein on his own attraction to her. Thereâ€™s no doubt that the local hockey hero is dangerous, but Marinaâ€™s something of a puzzle herself. All Peter knows is heâ€™s drifting outside the line, and what lies beyond may be death.