“Everything about it has changed: its senses, its diet, its body. And yet… people say the butterfly still dreams of being a caterpillar.”
“I was born beneath Farer’s Axe, under inauspicious stars. My mother left me and my father hated me. I dreamed no dreams, loved no one, lost nothing but what I destroyed with my own hands.”
In the gloom of the freezer, Shiro dreams of snow.
“Subtle Ways Each Time.” In Escape Pod #646 (September 2018). Read or listen online here.
A man loses a woman. As if she were car keys, an umbrella, a scraggly doll in the arms of a child.
“The Mooncakes of My Childhood.” In PodCastle #540 (September 2018). Read or listen online here.
The mooncakes of my childhood were hard as rocks. I killed a man with them, in the fall of ‘68.
We lived in the glass heart of a giant. For many sleeptimes now, we’ve tried to escape.
“The Girl with the Frozen Heart.” In Awakenings (August 2018) from The Book Smugglers. Read online here.
He tried to pluck the arrowhead from her chest and close the wound, but her skin shrivelled and blackened at his touch. He was the god of winter, destined to take life and not to give it back.
She had done everything, said all she needed to say, outlived every other pilot of her generation. Keito was all that remained for her: his message, his homecoming, and the promise that had spanned seven years of his life and fifty-eight years of hers.