Reprinted in Datlow/Grant/Link's Year's Best Fantasy & Horror
Becky, playing basketball, finds Poppy tossed against the fence like blown leaves. She takes him home where he meets her game-playing, twin brother, Jeff. Poppy turns out to have very little understanding of simple things like jeans and underwear, but he also can play with water and other elements. He can mend slashed basketballs because he is from a different universe. He's been traveling through some many gates that he's lost his way. He needs to send a message to his parents. But will Becky's mom let them help? Poppy's a catalyst for change in himself and the family--possibly all he needs is someone to help.