The Idiot

Big Pulp March 2012 Fantasy, 7,900 words

After mute Rosalind's family dies, she's mistakenly branded as a simpleton and taken in as a charity case by the horse breeder John. When a cruel stranger comes in the night to covertly board an extraordinary beast at John's stable, Rosalind recognizes that the beast is no simpleton, either, and must find a way to give him a voice before he is caged forever.

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Big Pulp, Spring 2012