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17 Jan 2022
The land burns so hot and high tonight that Let can see its orange glow even from the heart of The City of Birds. It burns so thick she can taste the whole year’s growth of leaves and branches on her lips. It burns so fast she can almost hear the deer and cottontails scream as flames outrun them and devour them whole.
20 Dec 2021
Every time she was about to gut a fish, she first whacked the fish’s head with the side of the knife blade to stun it. She said it was less cruel that way. Then she sliced their throat in between the gills.
13 Dec 2021
The qawwals will gather here on Thursday night and the air will ring with their voices mingling in high devotion, but just now the shrine is quiet, almost ordinary among the smoke, and the flowers, and the great minarets and domes of old Roomi.
6 Dec 2021
I’m programmed to be autonomous, so I can access the public domain base for hair puns—hey, if I get a client who’s responsive, it can cheer them up.
29 Nov 2021
Pictures of me that day are kept in the ship’s files, sent back to Earth to be used in my captors’ eventual war crimes tribunals.
29 Nov 2021
The year before this, the girls at school had called her Little Lila.
15 Nov 2021
“I've thought about getting glasses,” the dragon said as we sat on rocks with mugs in our hands and the tin of butter cookies on another rock between us. The dragon even had cloth napkins, which hid the gaping wound in my abdomen.
8 Nov 2021
They are an antique order, the cowgirls, full of arcane secrets, so a covert sign language is only logical.
1 Nov 2021
Where one went, we would follow.
Strange Horizons
30 Oct 2021
The author of Pockets has provided content warnings that can be viewed here: Play Pockets, or When the Giants by Natalia Theodoridou.
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