Story: “A Deeper Echo” by David Jón Fuller
The smoky-grey dire wolf loped between darkened hulks of wooden box-cars on the sprawling CPR train yards of Winnipeg. The early June air was already warm and the sun had yet to rise. Warehouse doors clanged open at the looming Canadian Pacific station.
The wolf came to an abrupt halt, sniffing the air. The scent of human body odor grew stronger through the heady mix of diesel and tar stench. A faint smell of pines tinged with oil lingered beneath.
The wolf’s stocky shoulders were as tall as the tops of the massive, grimy wheels, and he knew what would come next: a hostile shout, warning off strangers; or worse, a cry of alarm at the sight of a wolf the size of a bear. He’d been shot at enough in the war. Best to hurry, then. Thomas Greyeyes shivered his thick fur to adjust the army-issue satchel that hung beneath his torso.
David Jón Fuller was born and raised in Winnipeg, but he has also lived in Edmonton and Iceland. He works a copy editor for the Winnipeg Free Press and writes short fiction. His work has also appeared in Kneeling in the Silver Light: Stories From the Great War (Alchemy Press, 2014), which featured a prequel story to “A Deeper Echo”, as well as Accessing the Future (The Future Fire Publications, 2015) and Tesseracts 18: Wrestling With Gods (Hades Publications, 2014).
You can find him online at davidjonfuller.com.
About the Narrator:
Martin Reyto is an educator, writer, and musician. He has worked in an eclectic variety of fields, including 18 years as a technical writer and software developer, 16 years as a teacher of creative writing, computer science, and business communication, and shorter stints as a symphony musician and audiobook narrator. He has published short fiction and two collections of his poetry.