by Caroline M. Yoachim
“It’s been like this for three days. I’ve been nauseous, but I thought it was the twins.” She picked at the bump with her fingernail and winced.
“Well that’s why it hasn’t gone away. You’re picking at it,” he scolded, laughing and grabbing her hand.
There was a dot of blood on her fingernail. He wiped it away and opened the medicine cabinet to look for a bandage. When he turned around, Mara was crying.
A blood willow sapling was growing from her hip.
About the Author
Caroline M. Yoachim lives in Seattle and loves cold cloudy weather. She is the author of dozens of short stories, appearing in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, and Lightspeed, among other places. Her debut short story collection, Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World & Other Stories, is coming out with Fairwood Press in August 2016. You can find her on the web at carolineyoachim.com, and on Twitter @CarolineYoachim.
About the Narrator
“I’ve wholly found peace with who and what I am by not being what I’m not and, ironically, Octavius Bound has re-affirmed that we can’t afford to be defined by our sorrows and regrets…as they can kill us.”