Narrated by M.K. Hobson.

This man. His accent is strange, foreign. How old is he? His hair is long and grey and curly, like Fedor's. He drinks from my glass. I'd forgotten what it's like to have a man sit at your table, drink from your glass. His smell. The old scar around his neck. Is it a double one—an old scar on yet an older one? The trembling of his hands. What am I doing. What am I doing.

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Read “Every Black Tree” by Natalia Theodoridou, in Issue #236

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Natalia Theodoridou is a media and cultural studies scholar, the winner of the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction, and a Clarion West graduate (class of 2018). Natalia's stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Uncanny, Nightmare, Fireside, and previously in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Rent-a-Vice, Natalia's first interactive novel, is out by Choice of Games. For details, visit or follow @natalia_theodor on Twitter.

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