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The spine wasn’t right yet.
She’d perfected the hands first, though some said that was the hardest part. She refined the sinews, braiding them into lean muscle and pulling them taut, then covering them with a luminous skin. The muscles rippled to coordinate her movements and she shifted the bones to new angles.
She honored each body she’d used to compile her shape, adding another skull, ornately carved, to her collection each night.
This could work quite well, this body. She’d only need another night’s feast to complete the specimen.
Tonight, she would get a face.
Fiction © Copyright Leah Lederman
Image courtesy of Marge Simon
More about Leah Lederman:
Leah Lederman is a freelance writer and editor from the Indianapolis area, where she lives with her husband, their two sons, two cats, and puppy. Since obtaining her Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Toledo in 2009, she’s busied herself with writing, editing, parenting, and teaching (though not always in that order). She started her own parenting column in The Toledo Free Press, and has had her short stories published by Bloodlotus Online Literary Journal, The Indianapolis indie magazine Snacks, and in Scout Media’s anthology A Matter of Words. Her most recent work will be released by Indie Authors’ Press in Issues of Tomorrow. Several other pieces are awaiting rejection. As an editor, she’s worked on dozens of indie comic scripts and has been featured on the comics news sites “Creator Owned Expo,” “The Outhousers,” and the podcast “Comics Pros and Cons.” In addition to her work in comics with writers like Dirk Manning, Howie Noel, Bob Salley, and Kasey Pierce, Leah has edited short story collections, children’s books, dissertations, and several novels.
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