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Simo Srinivas

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The Ballad of the Octopus

By Simo Srinivas | | Simo Srinivas
Edited by Aleksandra Hill || Narrated by - || Produced by Lian Xia Rose
Blood, implied death, implied animal death
1350 words

I lost my eighth arm in the usual way. A man took it, and I was lucky to escape with my life. Afterward, this man enchanted my arm until it was charred and blackened. Afterward, unintimidated by its pugilistic contraction, he cut my arm into pieces and ate it, and through that process, I became him and he me and yes. And yes: I began to dream of the drylands.

They are not so dry.

It rains there. The air is wet, and the people have water in their bodies.

And they are musicians.

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Simo Srinivas still dreams of the day they stood in Kanyakumari at the southernmost tip of India and gazed out to sea. A child of immigrants from Chennai and Penang, Simo now lives in Colorado with their spouse and two senior, standard-issue tabby cats, far away from the malign influence of sea-witches. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Archive of the Odd, Decoded Pride, Deathcap & Hemlock, and Punk Noir Magazine.
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