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Best Short Story I've Read So Far This Year

They say LiveJournal is dead. They say short stories are dead. They say reimagined fairy tales are overused, trite, done.

They -- are idiots.

This evening in my LJ Friends list, I had the delight of reading a short story which was beautiful, poetic -- and completely changed my mind about curses.

Ursula Vernon is a North Carolina author and artist of cute wombats and other critters. (Shame on the Kindle for not having wombat in its spellchecker.) Today she posted "Toad Words", which starts:
Frogs fall out of my mouth when I talk. Toads, too.
It used to be a problem.
There was an incident when I was young and cross and fed up with parental expectations. My sister, who is the Good One, has gold and gems fall from her lips, and since I could not be her, I had to go a different way.
So I got frogs. It happens.
Sigh. Lovely.

Ursula's website is at http://www.redwombatstudio.com/ .

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