Kathleen Schaefer’s short stories can be found in PodCastle and Apex Publication’s anthology Robotic Ambitions. She lives in Seattle where she works as a software engineer. When not writing, she enjoys board games, baking, and spending quality time with her cat.
Today I pull the knife out of my arm and crush the handle until it twists into the contours of my fingers, just so he remembers I can bleed him with the edge of my pinky. Then I spear one of the shrimp sizzling in a layer of olive oil and offer it to him on the tip of the blade, an inch from his face.
Robotic Ambitions, November 2023