"The Four Gardens of Fate" by Betsy Phillips -- published in Apex Magazine issue 81, February 2016.
Betsy Phillips's short stories have appeared in Betwixt, Beyond Borderlands, Eurynome, and Qarrtsiluni, as well as various anthologies. She is the author of A City of Ghosts and The Wolf's Bane. Apex Magazine was the first place to publish her, a fact she has never forgotten. Neither have her detractors. She lives in Whites Creek, Tennessee with a mean cat, a grouchy cat, and a dog who recently tried to steal a truck.
This Apex Magazine Podcast was performed and produced by Lisa Shininger. Music used with kind permission of Oh, Alchemy!