Caroline’s brother ran away from home shortly after her dad walked out. She doesn’t know why either left.

Then she finds her dad’s watch.

It’s not particularly pretty, and it doesn’t tell time anymore, but when she inserts the family heirloom into her homemade dioramas, the shoeboxes’ static scenes come to life and reenact the series of events that led to her household’s disintegration.

Cover of Low-Limb High

“Low-Limb High” first appeared in Bewildering Stories, issue 339, June 2009 under the pen name Tom C. Underhill.

 

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