She is old as Earth, withering, tough. Bottle-glass, winged red spectacles, a string of fat pearls. Skin furrowing into grikes, small mouth pursed, teeth long and yellowed from smoke. She is the world. She is Grendel’s mother. Thin as a sapling but strong. She would kill you with a look. With half a look.
Two of my very short stories “The Librarian” and “Brother Joseph” appear in the intriguingly-named online magazine Kill Author. Each issue is named after a well-known dead author. Issue seventeen, in which my work appears, is named “Calvino”, after Italo Calvino, who died of brain hemorrhage in 1985.