Narrated by M.K. Hobson.

Leti sat down in the mud alongside the monster-thing. Her fingers grazed the book's cover; she remembered the attic. Daka's cold and callused body. And across town, the terrifying illness that had taken root. Her body trembled once, deeply. The monster-thing watched with great interest. Leti turned the page and started to read.

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Read “Valor Bones” by Derrick Boden, in Issue #354

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Derrick Boden's fiction has appeared and is forthcoming in Lightspeed, Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and elsewhere. He is a writer, a software developer, an adventurer, and a graduate of the Clarion West class of 2019. He currently calls Boston his home, although he's lived in fourteen cities spanning four continents. He is owned by two cats and one iron-willed daughter. Find him at and on Twitter as @derrickboden.

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