Narrated by M.K. Hobson.

It was only months after she'd moved to the cabin, months of teeth cracking on stone, that she thought the witch may have meant her harm. Not a conspiracy between women, one free thanks to age, the other free thanks to cunning and constitution, but a punishment intended to ruin her. And yet Sapo kept at it, kept eating the mountain, stone by stone by stone, because she feared that if she didn't, it would come, and she didn't want it.

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Read “What the River Brings, and What It Takes Away” by Natalia Theodoridou, in Issue #281

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Natalia Theodoridou is a media and cultural studies scholar, the winner of the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction, and a Clarion West graduate (class of 2018). Natalia's stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Uncanny, Nightmare, Fireside, and previously in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Rent-a-Vice, Natalia's first interactive novel, is out by Choice of Games. For details, visit or follow @natalia_theodor on Twitter.

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