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Chica, Let Me Tell You a Story

by Alex Dally MacFarlane

Issue 3 :: Autumn 2008 (stories)

I was a door, once.
One night a year I put down my poultices and many-scented herbs, my spindle and clumps of tangled sheep-hair, I covered my suntanned, pock-marked flesh with a dress of moonlight, and I opened.
How can I describe such a thing?
Like unlocking an attic door fallen into long disuse, tugging it open on its rusted hinges and feeling the weight of cobwebs and shadows and gorged boxes suddenly pressed memory-thick upon the senses—but it was not quite like that.


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"Chica, Let Me Tell You a Story" is roughly 1000 words.

Alex Dally MacFarlane works on the edge of London, England, proof-reading military specifications. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Electric Velocipede, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Shimmer, Sybil’s Garage, Farrago’s Wainscot, Kaleidotrope, The Pedestal Magazine, and Goblin Fruit, and she regularly contributes flash fiction to The Daily Cabal. In 2007, she guest-edited the "Five Senses" issue of Behind the Wainscot. For more information, visit">