Heart of a Magpie

Electric Spec, February 2013

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Marion moves to Poland to escape her troubles. Only trouble always finds a person. Now she must confront one danger in order to save her daughter and mend broken fences.

This story came about after a visit to Poland. While the setting in the story is threatening, I was fascinated by the people and landscapes that I encountered on my trip.

The picture of a magpie above is from a trip to Waterton Lakes National Park and is of a black-billed magpie, found in western North America. The bird in the story would be one of the very similar Eurasian magpies.