A pounding at the door chased away the need for words. Cyra's face lost its brief malaise and found the fear it had held a week prior. Adia put a finger to her lips. She led the girl to the cupboard across the room. She whispered for her to be strong. To be brave. And to keep silent. Then she hid her away in shadow.

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J.W. Alden is a 1st Place winner of Writers of the Future, a graduate of Odyssey Writing Workshop, and an active member of SFWA. His fiction has appeared in Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Flash Fiction Online, and various other publications. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he is trying desperately to understand the difference between a state and a commonwealth. To read more from him, visit AuthorAlden.com

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