Narrated by M.K. Hobson.

It was only months after she'd moved to the cabin, months of teeth cracking on stone, that she thought the witch may have meant her harm. Not a conspiracy between women, one free thanks to age, the other free thanks to cunning and constitution, but a punishment intended to ruin her. And yet Sapo kept at it, kept eating the mountain, stone by stone by stone, because she feared that if she didn't, it would come, and she didn't want it.

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Read “What the River Brings, and What It Takes Away” by Natalia Theodoridou, in Issue #281

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Natalia Theodoridou has published over a hundred short stories, most of them dark and queer, in magazines such as Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Nightmare, Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among others. He won the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the inaugural Nebula Award for Game Writing with Rent-a-Vice. His newest game, Vampire: The Masquerade--Sins of the Sires, is out by Choice of Games. Natalia holds a PhD in Media & Cultural Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and is a Clarion West graduate. He was born in Greece, with roots in Russia, Georgia, and Turkey. Natalia's latest story is "Ribbons" in Uncanny Magazine. Find out more at www.natalia-theodoridou.com or follow @natalia_theodor on Twitter.

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