It’s only fitting, then, that our stories this month involve characters fighting for their freedom. Not freedom from a tyrannical government or freedom from physical incarceration, but the kinds of personal freedom that we all too often take for granted. The bold sisters-in-arms you’ll find in these stories strive to embrace their power and fight back against that which would snatch their freedom away – whether it’s a controlling relationship, societal expectations, or their own potentially deadly magic.
In “Gathering” by Jonathan Duckworth, our bold protagonist holds a peculiar power through her artwork, and this dreamy, surreal story will have you simultaneously cheering on her and hoping that someone stops her before it’s too late.
Sunyi Dean’s “—Good,” explores the dynamics of freedom, consent, and duty within a marital relationship in a heart-crushing near-future sci-fi story.
In “Untimely Frost, Unlikely Bloom,” author Hayley Stone gives us a dark fairy tale about a woman whose freedom is snatched away by another’s well-intentioned wish, and whose own freedom brings about the suffering of others.
And finally, our reprint this month is “If We Live to Be Giants” by Allison Mulder. In this lovely fantasy tale, which originally appeared at Fireside Fiction, a pair of sisters strive for the courage and freedom to be themselves, despite their grandfather’s prejudices.
Plus a new writing advice column from Jason S. Ridler.
So before you dive into that patriotic fruit salad or light up your box of sparklers, we hope you’ll take a moment to enjoy with us these four delightful and thought-provoking tales. Let freedom ring!