Saturday, November 24, 2018

The Hollow Tree, by Jordan Kurella

★★★☆☆ Honorable Mention

(Dark Fantasy) Pira’s family life has become intolerable, so she seeks a favor from the fairy who’s said to live in the old hollow tree outside of town. (4,306 words; Time: 14m)

"," by (edited by Scott H. Andrews), appeared in issue 264, published on .

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Review: 2018.604 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: The setup is perfect. The description of the tree, the behavior of Elias, the nosy neighbors—it all rings true.

And the outcome works well: Pira gets family peace (through losing her father) and the fairy gets a child.

Con: I had expected something more clever than Pira’s mother hitting her father over the head with the mug and killing him.

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