Narrated by M.K. Hobson.

I want to argue with the homeowner, but I know it will get me nowhere. Instead I close my fist around the hard stones he gave me and walk away. ‘Be thankful the ingrates paid at all,’ Aksá would say. Usha always underpaid us. Aksá said I would get used to it, but I have been working two summers now and still I am angry. I have been working two summers now and I am more angry than ever.

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Read “Black, Like Earth” by Jordyn Blanson, in Issue #280

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Jordyn Blanson is a writer and artist who grew up dreaming of fantasy, adventure, and distant worlds. She believes representation matters and strives to portray vivid and complex characters, as colorful as her imagination. See her previously published short story "Iyanuoluwa, Mercy of God" in Fireside.

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