Narrated by M.K. Hobson.

"Secrets." Twistfinger chuckled without a trace of warmth. "I’d wager at least one of you knew how Eru used his magic. Not you, Mane. Until just now you thought I deserved death for killing him. Or were you the one who knew, Grenn of the Rapids? No, you’re off balance, just like Mane. What about you, Slowscarred? You’re a man of influence. Your dreams range wide; you learned from Dule's own students. Maybe you're the one who knew what Eru was doing."

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Read “A Forcible Calm” by Jonathan Olfert, in Issue #375

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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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