Sea Widow

Sea Widow J. C. Runolfson
they let go in midwinter she for the depths he for the shore after fourteen fruitless years she has no skin but this yet she is less human than she started. if she knits fast enough thick enough she can fashion a skin he cannot pierce. she is not the thing with feathers but feathers are no use for swimming it takes the skin well­-oiled warm­-furred. or scales weighted heavily toward the ocean's floor by her brined heart.


J. C. Runolfson’s work has appeared in Strange Horizons, Stone Telling, Goblin Fruit, and Mythic Delirium, among others. She is obsessed with the sea, so it’s just as well she lives near one. She aspires to kraakenhood in her old age.

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