Rated PG. Contains scantily clad barbarians of the female persuasion.
Hallah Iron-Thighs and the Change of Life
by K.D. Wentworth
“I wouldn’t do that, if I were you,” I called after him. “This pass is dangerous. You never know when you’re going to run into a bunch of low-down, dirty, skulking ban–”
“And just who are you calling `dirty’ there, ducks?” a familiar male voice called down from the rocks above. “Actually, I’m thinking the two of you could do with a bit of spit and polish your own selves.”
“Lomo, you skunk!” Corpsemaker’s hooves clattered as I pulled her up.
“That’s Lomo, King of the Bandits, to you,” he said haughtily.
I leaped out of the saddle, my sword Esmeralda in hand. “I thought I split your thieving head open the last time you waylaid us!”
“That,” he said loftily from his unseen perch, “was merely a clever ruse on my part.”
“Rats and eels, I hate it when they won’t stay dead!”
About the Author
Kathy Diane Wentworth (January 27, 1951 – April 18, 2012) was an American science fiction author. A University of Tulsa graduate, she got her start winning the Writers of the Future Contest in 1988, and then later won Field Publications’ “Teachers as Writers” Award in 1991. Wentworth served two terms as secretary of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in the early 2000s. She served as the editor for the Writers of the Future Contest from 2009 until her death. One of her novelettes, “Kaleidoscope” (2008), and three of her short stories, “Burning Bright” (1997). “Tall One” (1998), and “Born Again” (2005) have been Nebula award finalists.
Wentworth died on April 18, 2012, from complications with pneumonia and cervical cancer.
About the Narrator
M.K. Hobson recently decided to follow a time-honored authorial tradition and become a bitter recluse. She swore off all social media and left her website to go to seed. At the moment, she exists only as a voice on short fiction podcasts such as Podcastle and Cast of Wonders. She leavens the tedium of her vastly expanded free time with misanthropy, paranoia, and weight lifting.