Masozi holds the twitching fish carcass above his head, out of Themba's reach. "Make your own luck this year, little lion." He takes another bite and tries to grin, but it's all he can do not to cringe as a single fish scale cuts into the gum between his two front teeth.

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Read “Luck Fish” by Peta Freestone, in Issue #105, Fourth Anniversary Double-Issue

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Peta Freestone is a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop (San Diego, 2011) and edits Scape (, the magazine of YA speculative fiction. She can crack a whip with more snap than Indiana Jones, has had a memento mori moment with an unearthed skull in the jungle, and will submit her PhD in 2013. Other than "Luck Fish," her work has appeared in the Penguin Books anthology Things a Map Won’t Show You. She can be hunted down on Twitter via the cryptic handle: @PetaFreestone.

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