Narrated by Tina Connolly.

And now Ilsi had seen her future Headmaster, and he seemed like a fine ordinary middle-aged Headmastery sort of person, and this was apparently the point where she was supposed to feel lucky. Lucky about leaving the temple, about living the rest of her days in his household, about spending the rest of the her days in his service; all of it.

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Read “By Hand and By Heart” by Tina Connolly, in Issue #370

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Tina Connolly (she/her) writes fantastical stories for kids, teens, and grown-ups. Some of them are serious and some of them involve flying bananas. Her stories and books have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. Her books include the Ironskin trilogy (Tor), the Seriously Wicked series (Tor Teen), the collection On the Eyeball Floor (Fairwood Press), and the Choose Your Own Adventure book, Glitterpony Farm. She co-hosts Escape Pod, runs Toasted Cake, and (frequently and delightedly) narrates for Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Find her at

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