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In April, the Dead

By Natalia Theodoridou | | Natalia Theodoridou
Edited by Zhui Ning Chang || Narrated by - || Produced by -
Death, grieving
1000 words

It’s April and the sea gives up her dead again. We gather on the beach every afternoon, when the waters recede the furthest away. Mum stays behind, shooting at the stars with her bow and arrows, pretending not to care. “The sky caught your dad,” she says, “not the sea.” 

Dad took to the sky when I was small and never came back. I remember little of him—his large hands cupping my face, his skin hard like a dry starfish’s. Mum says he’s still out there in some other place, living a life we know nothing about, with another wife, perhaps, another daughter like me. But I think, What if Dad dies in that other place? Doesn’t dying work the same everywhere? Maybe he’ll come back on a shooting star one April and walk out of the sea, like the others. Mum gets angry whenever I say this, and so I don’t say it anymore. Still, every April, I spend my days on the shore.

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Natalia Theodoridou has published over a hundred short stories, most of them dark and queer, in magazines such as Strange Horizons, Uncanny, Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Nightmare, and F&SF, among others. He won the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the Nebula Award for Game Writing with his first Choice of Games project, Rent-a-Vice. Natalia holds a PhD in Media from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and is a Clarion West graduate. He was born in Greece, with roots in Russia, Georgia, and Turkey. Find out more at
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