The Echoes of the Dead
by H.R. Harrison
When a job is supposed to be permanent, you don't usually contemplate unemployment. But when Oswin's position of interpreter for a deaf man is taken by an angel from Heaven, he finds himself adrift. On his way back to his master's house, he encounters a mysterious elf, Calder, living in dilapidated ruins. Intrigued and attracted, he lingers and meets Calder's pet—a black swan in an enchanted pond.