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UNDER THE microscope

James McCreet explores the opening passage of a reader’s magic realist thriller opening


Fallible Justice

I am running.1 The foot that touches the ground is a deer’s hoof, the foot that propels me for ward a wolf ‘s paw.2 With each stride, the wings of a seagull hold me aloft.3 Running along the sandy hill,4 the wide paws of a lynx ensure my passing is silent.5 The wind is against me,6 whipping through a horse’s mane that is my hair.7 With the wind comes the smells of the land and the sea and I sift through them with the nose of a badger.8 In the distance,9 a magpie takes flight and the ears of a dormouse pinpoint the source of the sound with ease.10 My foot hits a depression on the ground,11 but with the balance of a squirrel I change the direction of my momentum and keep going.12

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