Toasted Cake 143: Five Things of Beauty by Patrick Samphire, read by Alex C. Renwick

Toasted Cake 143! In which we find things. 

The morning after Vaidwattie left, Srilal found the first thing of beauty. 

Originally published right here in Strange Horizons

Patrick Samphire drinks green tea, designs cool websites, and writes books and stories. His forthcoming duo of middle grade adventure novels will be published by Henry Holt/Macmillan, beginning with Book One, Secrets of the Dragon Tomb. He lives with his wife (fellow writer Stephanie Burgis), their two sons, and their border collie in Wales. To find out more, visit his website:

Alex C. Renwick has written dozens of short stories as Camille Alexa, including her award-nominated collection Push of the Sky. She currently splits her time between Portland, Austin, Vancouver, and Montreal. Her website is

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