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The Short Form

“Sins of the Wolf”

Lasha Bugadze

Excerpt

“How old are you?” I asked her.

“Twenty.”

(Well, that was a lie; she looked younger.)

“And do you know what it is that writers do?”

“What?”

“They make things up, don't they? You've read Sins of the Wolf, right?”

“Yeah.”

“I made it up. From start to finish. There's not a single character in it who really exists.”

“Well then why did you write ‘This is a true story’ at the beginning?”

“It's just what writers do, isn't it...?”

(How could I explain?)

She smiled again. A sympathetic smile. A pitying smile.