Amelia is on my back when I hear that the reverse volcano is coming back together.“I don’t see any other explanation,” Genevieve calls down from the lip of the crater. I climb almost on all fours, hands clawing at the earth for balance. Amelia’s arms are roped around my neck, and her little fists nestle…

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Adam Byko

Adam Byko is a writer and educator based out of Miami, Florida. His work has appeared in The Pinch, Catapult, the Notre Dame Review, and The Masters Review among other publications. He has not yet seen an alligator in the wild.

Daniel Reneau

Daniel Reneau is a Denver-based illustrator skilled in digital and traditional mediums and specializes in horror, fantasy, science fiction, and comic book illustration. He is the co-creator of the graphic novel Zombiraq, a winner of the 2013 L. Ron Hubbard Illustrators of the Future Award, and a graduate of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Learn more at

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