by Susanne Thomas
Heralds pronounced the fate of the world at Tali’s birth.
The crown took instant action. Powers greater than theirs protected the child from murder.
But they isolated her and starved her to stunt both growth and strength.
And Tali grew up weak and small.
But when there was a momentary crisis in the castle after the queen’s hunting accident, Tali found herself alone long enough to slip her skeletal body through a gopher hole that the gardener had forgotten.
And Tali foraged and thrived, alone and angry. Until finally she had gained enough strength to return and fulfill her destiny.
Susanne Thomas reads, writes, parents, and teaches from the windy west in Wyoming, and she loves fantasy, science fiction, speculative fiction, poetry, children’s books, science, coffee, and puns.