Beneath the roots of the honeyglow tree, a small creature dreams. Not the cold, empty sleep of winter, only a nap on a warm autumn day. His bed, a nest of moss and grass, has been fortified with yellow leaves, and there he lies, curled like a vine, hugging his thick silvery tail. His nose […]
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My mother taught me the language of the trees.She carried the language within her just as she once carried me: swollen, kicking, full of life. If words could blossom in blood, I would have been born singing the trees’ songs.But words are not blood. I know that now.When I was a girl, my mother would […]
Her father picks her up at her mother’s apartment and drives her out to the nearest national park to hike and forage mushrooms. His battered SUV pulls up right at six on Saturday and idles until her mother tucks spare pajamas pants into her backpack and sleepily kisses her forehead. His mother-in-law cabin is too […]
The forest where I lost my heart was full of autumn. Trees clung to leaves drenched in yellow. My chest pulsed with heartbeat echoes.Perhaps my heart was hidden under a mossy log or in the belly of a fox, perhaps in the cold twilight of a brook.Three roads diverged in the wood.I took the first […]
Is there anywhere more strange and mysterious than a forest? From the first step within its branches, you can almost imagine that anything is possible. Around any curve of a packed-earth path, you might find the breadcrumbs of Hansel and Gretel or stumble across a buried treasure chest or wander into a secret dragon’s lair… […]
The armor comes off, piece by piece. A strand of Kessia’s long red hair has twisted itself around the latch of the left pauldron. There’s no untangling it, caked in blood and gore and God knows what else. Kessia doesn’t flinch when I cut through it with a knife from the kitchen. She doesn’t do […]
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We’re kicking off our 100th issue countdown and subscription drive by taking a look at our 2013 issues!Though these were not the first stories FFO published (our online publications date back to 2007), these were the first that were grouped together into numbered issues by former Editor-in-Chief Suzanne W. Vincent.October 2013’s Issue 1 kicked off […]