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on: October 25, 2018, 11:27:26 AM
Cast of Wonders 328: Ava Paints the Horses

• Author: Ville Meriläinen
• Narrator: Katrin Kania
• Host: Katherine Inskip
• Audio Producer: Jeremy Carter
Cast of Wonders 328: Ava Paints the Horses is a Cast of Wonders original.
Click here to listen to Episode 328

Content Warning: Self harm; grief

Ville Meriläinen is a university student from Joensuu, Finland. His short fiction has won the Writers of the Future contest and has appeared in various venues online and in print, including PseudoPod, Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Abyss & Apex. His musical fantasy novel, Ghost Notes, is available on

Katrin is a medieval archaeologist specialising in historical textile techniques. She has written “The Middle Ages Unlocked”, an introduction to the English Middle Ages, together with historian and fiction writer Gillian Polack. She also spins, weaves, knits and blogs about all these things at

It’s late into morning on a Friday, and Ava paints the horses. Her feet are bare despite the season, and she has buried them in a pile of leaves that rustles as she curls her toes in rhythm with her strokes. The scent of hot cocoa wafts up from the mug between her knees, mixing with the smell of summer grass that escapes her painting.

Tags:  abandonment, art, black, Cast of Wonders, chronic illness, coping, guilt, Jeremy Carter, Katherine Inskip, Katrin Kania, painting, surreal fantasy, Ville Meriläinen, Young Adult fiction