With an introduction from the author, explaining their beliefs on the story’s theme of individual freedom and autonomy.

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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