This week, Gwynne Garfinkle reads her story “The Clockwork Cat’s Escape.” The story’s short: so Gwynne graciously read the whole thing.
Click here to listen to Gwynne’s reading! (2.7mb, MP3)
The clockwork cat was running down, but its owners refused to visit the cat-maker’s shop to buy a new pet. Again and again, they wound up the cat.
No matter how often they turned the key, the cat’s heart ticked ever more slowly. Its gray pelt of fine wires, which once had felt like fur, was rough and uneven from years of petting. Its whiskers had long since snapped off. Its metal claws were dull. Its meow sounded like plaintive tin.
Want to read the rest of the issue? We’ve got 19 more fantastic stories!