Letter From The Editor - Issue 68 - April 2019

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Issue 62
Failing Constructs
by Alter S. Reiss
Pinedaughter's Grove
by Ville Meriläinen
The Robots Karamazov
by Marie Vibbert
For a Rich Man to Enter
by Susan Forest
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Pinedaughter's Grove
    by Ville Meriläinen

Pinedaughter's Grove
Artwork by Scott Altmann

Snow sifted down as the last rays of red bled away from the treetops. Our guides had insisted we walk without torches until night was upon us in full, and shivers of relief overcame me when they struck flames to bring our small group out of shadows. Having light with us felt warmer than all my furs and the thick gloves the vicar had bought me.

From the corner of her eye, the Pinedaughter observed me with an amused look. I turned away from her, fixed my gaze on the elk-made path of trampled moss at my feet. She made the strange sound I'd come to take as suppressed laughter, a kind of low hum deep in her chest that made the guides shift with discomfort and the vicar glower at her.

"Scared of the dark, fishwife?" the Pinedaughter asked. She'd given me the nickname during our voyage from England, when I was the only one who didn't get seasick.

"Of the northern dark," I replied, without turning. "It's much too deep. Cold and bitter."

Her hum overflowed into laughter. "This wood, it is my home. You have no need to fear it. You are my guest. The others, though . . ."

"Be quiet, demon," the vicar said. "And you too, Constance. If it won't stay silent otherwise, gag it again."

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