Koja was untroubled. “I can bear ugliness,” he said. “I find the one thing I cannot live with is death.”
This short story had all the elements required of a good fable. Evocative, yet simple language, characters you feel for, and a moral you can see coming a mile off, but which you find yourself wanting to deny until the very end.
I fell in love with Koja, the eponymous "too-clever fox" and, as with all great short stories, I was sad to say goodbye, but felt it wrapped up and resolved itself nicely.
I haven't read any of Leigh Bardugo's books, but have been eyeing them off at work for quite some time. After this short story, I definitely have to get my hands on them.
Read the story for free, here: http://www.tor.com/stories/2013/06/the-too-clever-fox