Writers of the Future XXIV
In a world ravaged by the effects of Global Warming, Marie, a primary school teacher, has to elect a student to wear the crown of thorns, so she picks Joshua. The process itself is apparently painful initially, but the real pain comes if the child actual is a Jesus and is whisked away from parents. This is doubly painful because Marie was “successful” once before and sent a child up from Joshua’s relatives. Then Joshua is chosen as well.
Gripping scenario. The reasoning about selecting the children is a bit murky as yet, but moving, nonetheless.