“Thimbleriggery and Fledglings” by Steve Berman

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Odile is the daughter of the sorcerer, Von Rothbart. He uses the eggs of the wappentier, the largest two-beaked raptor, to turn people into birds. He has connived for the king to insist his son marries Odile. But Odile only has eyes for Elster, the seamstress her Papa turned into a swan.

Thimbleriggery and Fledglings

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About the Author
Steve Berman loves to tell stories that are both queer and weird. He has written and sold over a hundred articles, essays, and short stories. Since 2008 he has edited Wilde Stories, an annual anthology reprinting the prior year's best gay speculative fiction. He was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award for editing the anthology Where Thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe. His YA novel, Vintage, was a finalist for the Andre Norton Award.
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