Narrated by M.K. Hobson.

We used our mating knives to wound them, then married them for the year and nursed them back to health. They told us that people in their homeland mated forever. They had no use for wounds, no fear of healing. When they were strong enough to walk back home, a few of our own left with them, lured by that promise of wound-free love, that strange idea of permanence.

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Read “To Stab with a Rose, to Love with a Knife” by Natalia Theodoridou, in Issue #270

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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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