Art by David Revoy/ Blender Foundation

Loss and Understanding

By Jamie Lackey

Prudence slammed into cold metal, and her nose broke with a sharp crack. Pain flashed through her and faded.

Mathematical formulas spun in her vision like cogs in a watch that had been wound too tight. They shimmered in a delicate rainbow of colors, and they whispered their secrets. Prudence could almost comprehend them.

She tasted blood.

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