The Knock Beneath the Ice | McKenzie Richardson

Mama forbids me from coming out this far on the ice; says it’s dangerous. But I’ve never fallen in.

The sky is darkening when I hear the tapping.

Knock, knock, knock.

I furrow my brows, trying to pinpoint its source.

Knock, knock, knock.

Laying on my stomach, I look through the translucent ice like a window to the ocean.

Eyes stare back, mere slits in a ghastly white face, black tendrils of hair like a deathly halo. The creature reaches out webbed fingers, baring a needle-pointed smile.

I run all the way home, never speaking of the Qallupilluit I’ve seen.

McKenzie Richardson lives in Milwaukee, WI. Recently, her work has been featuring in various anthologies through Black Hare Press, Iron Faerie Publishing, Dragon Soul Press, and Eerie River Publishing. She has also published a middle-grade novel, Heartstrings, as well as a poetry collaboration with Casey Renee Kiser, 433 Lighted Way.



Selected by the editor as a featured submission, June 2022

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