Mother says, “Don’t name the merchandise,” and “Don’t let the humans see you.”
But Boy can’t resist naming the cute, fuzzy ball of feathers and knife-sharp talons they’re delivering. And why be afraid of weak, ignorant humans?
Plus, this old skinsuit works, but it’s getting cramped. Maybe it’s time for a change.
Vanessa MacLaren-Wray writes speculative fiction for adults, children, and in-betweens, exploring the challenges of communication and attachment in a diverse, complex universe. As a mechanical engineer, her work has supported shifting to new energy technologies, especially renewables and storage. She also likes to build oddball robots who brew tea and play music.
Although denying any knowledge of alien technologies or extrasolar civilizations, when asked to write what she knows, Vanessa gravitates towards wormhole-based transit systems and cultural matrices only partly occupied by human beings.
Vanessa is the author of All That Was Asked, Coke Machine, and Parrish Blue. You can find all her work, including her website, Cometary Tales, and ongoing email journal, Messages from the Oort Cloud, through her master link: https://linktr.ee/Vanessa_