FarFetchedFables No 116 Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas and Paul Jessup

"n Xochitl in Cuicatl in Shub-Niggurath” by Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas, translated by Silvia Moreno-García

(Originally published in Sword & Mythos.)

Screams. The sun had not risen yet when the Mexica priests entered the Valley of Toluca, carrying the effigies of their gods. They carried the whistles of death tied around their necks: small clay skulls that produced terrifying shrieks when they blew them. This is how they announced the arrival of war, and with it, of Huitzilopochli and Tezcatlipoca, the lords that the Matlazinca would be forced to worship after being defeated by the Mexica.

Šuti spat when she saw the procession coming closer. Those feathered puppets would never be her gods.

Nelly Geraldine Garcia-Rosas is Mexican but lives in the UK with her husband. Her stories have appeared in anthologies like The Apex Book of World SF 3 and She Walks in Shadows. She can be found online at nellygeraldine.com or tweeting mostly in Spanish as @kitsune_ng.

“Sun Sorrow” by Paul Jessup

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