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Jun 12, 2020

Memory and Iron by Kelly Sandoval. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Kelly Sandoval. #fantasy #fairies #mother


She is a good mother.

She lines her newborn's crib with iron bars and nails horseshoes above every door in the cottage. Then the windows. And, when she still can't sleep, she hangs one directly above the crib, so it spins and twists and warns.

"Fairies, Katherine?" Stephen asks. "Where’s this fancy come from?"

She holds her daughter to her breast, looks down into her piercing blue eyes. The color of any babe's eyes.

It means nothing. Nothing at all.


Kelly Sandoval's fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Uncanny, and Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy. She lives in Seattle, where the weather is always happy to make staying in and writing seem like a good idea. Her family includes a patient husband, an anarchist tortoise, and a put-upon cat. You can find her online at


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