Flash Fiction: “Anatomy of an Arrow” by Natalia Theodoridou
(Originally published on Daily Science Fiction.)
“So, uh, I’ve been meaning to ask. What’s that?” He pointed at the fletching that poked out of a hole in her blouse, a few inches from her chest. It almost dipped in her bowl every time she bent to take a spoonful of soup.
She shrugged and looked away. “An arrow.”
“An arrow.” He mouthed the word slowly, as if trying to wrap his mind around each syllable.
Natalia Theodoridou is a media and cultural studies scholar, a dramaturge, and a writer of strange stories. Her fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Crossed Genres, Interfictions, and elsewhere. Find out more at natalia-theodoridou.com or follow @natalia_theodor on Twitter.
Main Story: “Into the Woods, with Zombunny” by Camille Griep
(Originally published in Unidentified Funny Objects 3.)
Squire Ulrich’s very worst day began with cold tea at breakfast, followed by the discovery of a hole in his right greave, and culminating with a lost battle flag. “Good luck with your next job” his knight had said. Ulrich might have misplaced any number of items of little consequence; the battle flag was not one of them. Ulrich’s shoulders slumped as his former employer disappeared over the rise. He’d never been sacked before, in the middle of battle, no less.
The squire turned his back to a pile of pendants, none of which belonged to him, when misfortune beset him a final time. A sharp pain between his shoulder blades revealed itself to be a sturdy, wooden arrow impaling his chest.
Camille Griep’s recent work has been featured at Cartridge Lit, The Drabblecast, Under the Gum Tree, and Synaesthesia, among others. She is the editor of Easy Street, a senior editor at The Lascaux Review, and an editor for the Prison Renaissance project, which fosters mentorship and collaboration between incarcerated and free artists. The author of Letters to Zell (July 2015) and New Charity Blues (April 2016), she lives and writes near Seattle with her bulldog assistants, Dutch and Hippo. She can be found online at camillegriep.wpengine.com.
About the Narrators:
Jen R. Albert is an entomologist, writer, editor, narrator, wife, dog-mom, game-player, reader of all the things, and haver-of-too-many-hobbies from Toronto. She is a regular narrator at the Escape Artists podcasts and is co-editor of Podcastle.
Rish Outfield is a writer, actor, and podcaster who can be heard as co-host of The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, which presents genre stories with a full cast. He also performs audiobooks for Audible, and occasionally becomes a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms and the moon is full and bright.