Writers of the Future XXIV
Reminiscent of Paolo Bacigalupi’s “The Fluted Girl,” whisper-girls are kept by the High-Ones to maintain their prestige. The girls change shape to slip between cracks, and also breathe out a healing air, causing infirmities to reform and plants to grow. When Etelka’s father fails to take her away from the Mistress in order to pay off the debt for her mother’s illness, Etelka is distraught. With Ibi’s inadvertent help Etelka hatches a plan.
Inventive with the feel of a fairy tale.