Narrated by M.K. Hobson.

Shon isn't afraid. This isn't the stark silence of his empty home. This living quiet conceals the stretch of new leaf to sun, the rustle of the worm, and the squirm of pink pinioned baby birds. It is the held breath of small lungs in small bone cages around small swift hearts that beat a little faster waiting for the listener and the whistler to pass by.

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Read “The Woods Echo Back” by Tania Fordwalker, in Issue #331

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Tania Fordwalker splits her time between two small islands, one quirky and subtropical, the other chilly and gothic. She’s usually found either skating or writing (or thinking about skating or writing, which surely counts). Part of the Clarion West “Ghost Class” of 2020, she has published work in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, PodCastle, Reckoning, and more. At any other time in history she'd almost certainly have been burned at the stake.

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