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Overcast 130: What Can't Be Undone by Sim Kern

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What Can't Be Undone by Sim Kern. Narrated by J.S. Arquin. Featuring an afterword recorded by Sim Kern.

A young woman with a toddler on her hip stands on the flagstone path between the rosemary bushes. That she’s made it inside the garden means there’s no malice in her heart. But just behind her, a broad-shouldered man is trying and failing to step over the border of thyme encircling Lorra’s homestead. It looks like his foot is stuck in a wall of invisible marshmallow stretching above the groundcover. Grunting, he jerks his foot free and stumbles back. He spots Lorra, and hate flares across his face, but only for a moment. Then his furrowed brow lifts, his scowl melts into a smile, and his clenched fists open in supplication.

“Madam Stitcher, please, there’s been a terrible mistake.”


Sim Kern is a speculative fiction writer living in Houston, Texas, with recently published stories in Metaphorosis, The Colored Lens, and Wizards in Space. Their upcoming novella, Depart, Depart! is a literary horror story about climate change, Jewish ghosts, and what you take with you when it all goes to hell—coming from Stelliform Press in September 2020. Find them at www.simkern.com and on Twitter @sim_kern.


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