The Story for the Letters

The Story for the Letters

The Story for the Letters

Short Story by Kate MacLeod



Sheshkala, far too young for such things, left her parents and her mountain home behind to secretly follow her big brother Irarra to his apprenticeship in the city.

Then the siege began. Murderous barbarians surround the city, pounding at its ancient walls day and night.

They want the king. They want the king’s wealth. But more than that, they want to destroy the king’s library. The library where she now hides and waits and watches her brother.

“The Story for the Letters”, a short story set in a bronze age city full of secret dangers. Dangers with no qualms about harming little girls. But resourceful little girls know no fear.


Kate MacLeod lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two sons, two dogs and a cat, although they may head further north soon, as the winters in Minnesota just don’t get cold enough anymore.

Her short fiction has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Stranger Horizons, Abyss & Apex, A Fly in Amber, Aoife’s Kiss, Beyond Centauri and Allegory as well as the Warrior Wisewoman 2 anthology.

Her short story “Din Ba Din” was an honorable mention in The Year’s Best Science Fiction: 31st Edition as well as The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of 2014 and was on Locus magazine’s recommended reading list for 2013 and is will be appearing in the Bulgarian magazine Terra Fantastica.