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Exercised Loss

by Melissa Ostrom

Melissa Ostrom is the author of The Beloved Wild (Feiwel & Friends, 2018), a Junior Library Guild book and an Amelia Bloomer Award selection, and Unleaving (Feiwel & Friends, 2019). Her stories have appeared in many journals and been selected for Best Small Fictions 2019, Best Microfiction 2020, Best Small Fictions 2021, and Best Microfiction 2021. She lives with her husband, children, and little spaniel Mocha in Holley, New York. Learn more at or find her on Twitter @melostrom.

Lead image: “twigs” (via Flickr user samantha celera)