BCS 023: The Alchemist’s Feather

Issue #26

“A splinter.” Maria holds it out to show me. I make a motion to take it from her with my remaining whole hand, and she nods. The splinter is long enough to be one of my absent fingers, and it takes two tries to pull it free. A drop of blood wells up in its path. “My mother used to kiss my cuts.” She stares at her own blood idly, remembering home or food or what I do not know.

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Erin Cashier is a nurse at a burn ward in the Bay Area. She attended Clarion West in 2007, and her story "Cruciger" is in Writers of the Future XXIV. Her story "Near the Flame" is forthcoming in Shimmer Magazine.and "Cruciger" will appear soon on Escape Pod. She is the author of “Hangman” in Beneath Ceaseless Skies #10 as well as "The Alchemist's Feather" in BCS #25 and the Best of BCS, Year One anthology.

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