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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

"Monsters, Finders, Shifters" by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Originally appeared in Lightspeed

No one wants to become a monster when they grow up, but everyone wants to be a monster finder--not that you have a choice.  Bertram wakes up feeling different.  He spots a monster growing in Kalinda's womb, the third such monster.  Even though Kalinda had just given him sundrop cookies, Bertram is supposed to turn her in.

Meanwhile, Bertram's brothers are jealous.  Dark, an older brother, tortures Bertram until Bertram shifts or changes Dark's feet so that he trips and falls or suffocates him.  Finally, Dark realizes Bertram is just protecting himself and accepts Bertram.

He tries to treat Kalinda's child, but he's caught.  He's put on trial and they will determine his fate.

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