After the last snap fills the air, the Healers weave a spell to fuse the bones of her fingers back together. To fill her up with something new. When they let her go, she crawls to the corner of her cell, holds her ruined hands to her chest, and sobs into the filthy straw.

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Damien Walters Grintalis lives in Maryland with her husband and two rescued pit bulls. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Strange Horizons, Fireside Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, and others. She is an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning magazine Electric Velocipede, and her debut novel, Ink, will be released in December 2012 by Samhain Horror. You can visit her website,, or follow her on Twitter @dwgrintalis.

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