Narrated by Stephanie Malia Morris.

A pause only Winnifletch herself notices, a twinge in her guts as she unsacks the gull that Gert Mews has lugged to her sea-spindle shack. Dazed but not dead, the bird crawks down onto her workbench. Think of shearwater honey, Winni tells herself, with predictions truer than gold. She grabs its fat fluttersome breast. Jams it wings-and-all between her vise’s steel jaws. Holds firm. Don’t think of shattered sailors.

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Read “Deep in the Drift, Spinning” by Lisa L. Hannett, in Issue #312

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Lisa L. Hannett has had over seventy-five short stories appear in venues including Clarkesworld, Fantasy, Weird Tales, Apex, and The Dark, and her work has been reprinted in Year’s Best anthologies in Australia, Canada, and the US. She has won four Aurealis Awards, including Best Collection for her first book, Bluegrass Symphony, which was also nominated for a World Fantasy Award. A new collection of short stories, Songs for Dark Seasons, is out now. You can find her online at and on Instagram @LisaLHannett.

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