"She thought of what he was—what he really was—tried to picture it in her mind, the whole heap of him, then started to pull, cell by cell, piece by piece, trying to determine the exact moment at which he became something else, something new and unknown. But eventually her mind was blank and she never found it. Maybe he’d been that way from the start."
Read the titular story "Heap" in the Winter 2018 issue of Open Minds Quarterly.
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