Narrated by M.K. Hobson.

We used our mating knives to wound them, then married them for the year and nursed them back to health. They told us that people in their homeland mated forever. They had no use for wounds, no fear of healing. When they were strong enough to walk back home, a few of our own left with them, lured by that promise of wound-free love, that strange idea of permanence.

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Read “To Stab with a Rose, to Love with a Knife” by Natalia Theodoridou, in Issue #270

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Natalia Theodoridou has published over a hundred short stories, most of them dark and queer, in magazines such as Strange Horizons, Clarkesworld, Nightmare, Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among others. He won the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the inaugural Nebula Award for Game Writing with Rent-a-Vice. His newest game, Vampire: The Masquerade--Sins of the Sires, is out by Choice of Games. Natalia holds a PhD in Media & Cultural Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and is a Clarion West graduate. He was born in Greece, with roots in Russia, Georgia, and Turkey. Natalia's latest story is "Ribbons" in Uncanny Magazine. Find out more at www.natalia-theodoridou.com or follow @natalia_theodor on Twitter.

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