Narrated by M.K. Hobson.

The words came out like he'd tumbled them over and over, sharp rocks in the sand, until the edges wore down and he found them comfortable. He stood back by the rudder's long arm, tense and unsure, as far as he could get from me and his weapons. In his way he feared me almost as much as I feared him.

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Read “Redfin Spine” by Jonathan Olfert, in Issue #346

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Jonathan Olfert (he/they) dabbles in fantasy, sci-fi, weird horror, and paleofiction. His stories have backstabbed and skulked their way into reputable establishments like Dark Recesses Press, Interzone, and Old Moon Quarterly. "A Forcible Calm" is their second publication in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. He and his partner live and work in unceded Mi’kmaq territory near Halifax.

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