"Swordtongue." I don't usually write allegorical fantasy, but I had an allegorical idea I wanted to explore, and this story is the result.
Here's the teaser I wrote for the story:
Imagine a world where words can have supernatural power. That’s the setting for “Swordtongue,” a fantasy short story by Jonathan Garner. In this magical tale, a battle for the souls of the people who live in a cursed village will take place between a Swordtongue, whose words cut through deception, and a Darktalker, whose words twist and distort.
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