Letter From The Editor - Issue 56 - April 2017

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Issue 14
Stories
On Horizon's Shores
by Aliette de Bodard
Shadow of Turning
by Joan Savage
For Want of Chocolate
by J. F. Lewis
Hunting Lodge
by Jon Crusoe
Folk of the Fringe Serialization
The Fringe
by Orson Scott Card
Bonus Audio Play
InterGalactic Medicine Show Interviews

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Shadow of Turning
    by Joan L. Savage

Shadow of Turning
Artwork by Nick Greenwood

I have searched for my son ever since the sorcerer stole him, a cooing toddler, from beneath my apple tree. So long ago now, my son could not possibly remember me. I have searched anyway.

I set my peddler's pack beside my door, ready to go out again.

"You've only been home a day." My wife clasped my hand. Her hands were so cold, as if the life slowly ebbing from her was withdrawing its warmth. "Stay with me, Thomas. Stop looking for him. After twenty-five years he's surely dead."

I cleared my voice. It was rough, unused to speech. But she understood the curse that had been placed on me, so with her I tried to talk. "I'll find a nowhere I've always seen."

My wife wiped at her eyes. "You've been everywhere. You've probably walked every road a hundred times. He's lost to us. Accept it. Grieve, like I've grieved . . ."

I could not. I pulled my hand from her grasp, shouldered my pack, and stepped through the doorway. Behind me, I heard her crying. I wanted to weep too, but instead I laughed, as those who are cursed must laugh, as those who are mad.

My son could be anywhere; one path seemed just as likely to lead to him as any other. I wandered towards the mountains and, on the last morning of spring, chose a track that went up the mountain. It was so rough it would bounce the wheels from any cart that tried to traverse it. Because I had walked so many years barefooted, my calloused feet barely felt the stones. Grass fawned at my knees. From its depths, the occasional shadow-form of a snake darted across the road, eager to reach whatever now fed its insatiable hunger.

Me, the snakes ignored. I have heard that grief gives off no scent. Maybe that made me invisible to them. Maybe they ignored me because I had no place left in their schemes. Either way, it didn't matter.

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