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Introduced by the author, explaining the very personal genesis of this story and some of its elements, including a boat, a dragon, and a lantern festival.

I wanted to go, but I did not know where I was going. I wanted to stay and rub my hands all over her belly, but I did not like the thought of all that sand in the creases of my palms. I wanted to ask her more questions, about the way the world was made, about death and dreams, but did not want to know the answers, should they distract me from my destined future.

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Read “Everything Beneath You” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, in Issue #164

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