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We dry the tongues on butcher's paper beside the stove. Once desiccated, they barely have a scent. Uncle Sholert has shown me how to arrange them like tiny shingles or scales, overlapping. We fix them in place with a glue made from horses' hooves, and then we seal the boxes with beeswax.

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Read “Wooden Boxes Lined with the Tongues of Doves” by Claire Humphrey, in Issue #216

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Claire Humphrey is the author of Spells of Blood and Kin (St Martin's Press, 2016). Her short fiction has appeared in Strange HorizonsPodcastle, Apex, Crossed Genres, Fantasy Magazine, and previously in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her short story “Bleaker Collegiate Presents an All-Female Production of Waiting for Godot'' appeared in the Lambda Award-nominated collection Beyond Binary, and her short story "The Witch Of Tarup" was published in the critically acclaimed anthology Long Hidden.

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