Narrated by Folly Blaine.

She's been busy building a life in the city, building strength and respect in the guard, growing a circle of friends and lovers. Next to that, her family has seemed almost imaginary, their old familiar problems far away. It hasn't occurred to her until now that anything could truly change in the village. But if it has changed, and changed dangerously, then she must do what she can to understand the threat and meet it. If the Apple Orchard King is the threat, then this is an opportunity.

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Read “Different Kinds of Thorn” by Devin Miller, in Issue #358

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Devin Miller is a queer, genderqueer cyborg and lifelong denizen of Seattle, with a love of muddy beaches to show for it. Their short fiction has appeared in PodCastle, Strange Horizons, and Metaphorosis; their poetry can be found in Mermaids Monthly and The Future Fire, and on select King County Metro bus terminals. You can find Devin under a tree, probably, or at devzmiller.com.

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