Kathleen Jennings is based in Brisbane, Australia. She is a Ditmar Award-winning writer and illustrator, and her illustrations have been shortlisted three times for a World Fantasy Award and once for a Hugo. Her debut Australian Gothic novella Flyaway will be published by Tor.com at the end of July 2020. She can be found online at tanaudel.wordpress.com and kathleenjennings.com.
Ama’s arm rested protectively around the girl’s shoulder as the giant bird glided above, its head angling right to left. Violet-black wings soared across a cloudless sky, blocking the sun’s midday rays and swathing sections of the village in deep shadow. Given its size, this argentavis was one of her first, but too far above for her to differentiate by name. Even across the distance, Ama could feel its heartbeat synced to hers, their lives intertwined until death.
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