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My first food mission

The countryside around Skala to the north and west was dotted with pockets of dense forest, the one-time source of a local timber industry that had pretty much run its course even before I was born. When I was little, my grandfather Mechel used to scare me with bedtime stories of beasts in the forest—wild animals like wolves and jackals but also of a kind of demon, a lesnik, which had magical powers.,,


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