Narrated by Folly Blaine.

I used to dream of the heart our masters would give me; spend my days sketching rough cordiform shapes in the corners of Father's quota sheets and the backs of letters Mother sent from the front. I was sure all the other girls back at the Roost already had their hearts, that the Volant had carved each of them for a special purpose just as they'd carved my Mother, my Father, everyone but me.

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Read “The Uncarved Heart” by Evan Dicken, in Issue #212

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By day, Evan Dicken studies old Japanese maps and crunches data for all manner of fascinating medical experiments at the Ohio State University. By night, he does neither of these things. His fiction has most recently appeared in Strange Horizons, Analog, and Podcastle, and he has stories forthcoming from publishers such as Heroic Fantasy Quarterly and The Black Library. Please feel free to visit him at

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