John (@Wiswell) is an ace/aro writer who lives where New York keeps all its trees. He won the 2021 Nebula for Best Short Story, and is a finalist for the Hugo, World Fantasy Award, and British Fantasy Award. This is his second story in Uncanny, after “The Bottomless Martyr” in 2020. His work has also appeared in Nature Futures, Fireside Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He wants every survivor to know that they were worth it.