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Every day, Kalupiak hunts farther and farther from the underwater ice caves of the People. Hunting has grown increasingly dangerous with the melting of the ice and the arrival of new creatures—none more dangerous than the humans. Legends tell of earlier confrontations with the humans where the humans tried to kill the People. On the day Kalupiak finally comes face to face with his first human he must make a choice: kill or be killed.

A short story by the author of Kirwan’s Son.

About the Author:

Marcelle Dubé grew up near Montreal. After trying out a number of different provinces—not to mention Belgium—she settled in the Yukon, where people still outnumber carnivores, but not by much. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies. Learn more about her and her published work at You can contact her at

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