“I began writing this story with the intention of justifying vengeance. I wanted it to take the sort of clear but twisted moral stance that defines a fable as a fable (to me, anyway)…”
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Her Face All Sharp
by Sara Larner
But he had read deeply about such a creature as she, in his uncle’s old library, and had been prepared for the unlikely contingency that everything went according to plan. He threw a leather hood soaked in semen, blood, and tears over her head. He could not hear her through it, which was how it must be.
He put his fingers around her neck. Onyx and sapphire, brilliant and beautiful, her neck feathers were soft and short. He ran his thumb along her inner throat, pushing gently, just to see how it felt. She twisted her head away, in the dumb manner of a hooded bird; unwilling to move but inclined away from pain. He readjusted his hand and pushed a little harder.
He couldn’t hear anything through the hood, but he knew she must have made some sound at that, some squawk or chirp. A plea.
About the Author
Sara Larner lives in New York City where she writes, paints, and attends Barnard College of Columbia University, earning a Bachelors in English with a Double Concentration in Creative Writing and Film and a Minor in Classical Studies—which after repeating several hundred times she has decided is, in fact, a mouthful. She recently finished her fourth novel (the first for which she’s seeking publication) and her second feature length screenplay, and is hard at work on a second original tv pilot while negotiating the option contract for the pilot and show bible she wrote over the summer. She spends her free time filling painting commissions, dancing, and—whenever there is a breath of time—reading. (Okay, often reading when there is no time and she should really be doing Actual Work.)
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About the Narrator
Marguerite Kenner (she/her) is a California transplant living in the UK city named after her favorite pastime.
She runs Escape Artists with her partner Alasdair Stuart, and practices as a technology lawyer in London. She loves to voice minor characters in podcasts and play video games, often where people can watch.
Her contributions to genre fiction include being a 2021 Hugo Award Finalist, editing Cast of Wonders from 2013 to 2019, project groups for too many industry orgs to count anymore, community organising, mentoring, and teaching business skills to creatives.
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