Friday, May 31, 2013
"The Belonging Kind" by John Shirley and William Gibson
This originally appeared in Charles Grant's Shadows 4, reprinted in Arthur W. Saha's The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 8 and in Ann and Jeff VanderMeer's The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories.
Coretti is a sad man who can't seem to fit in. He goes to a bar and finds a woman, who matches his shy stutter but immediately switches to a country twang when a woman of that type talks to her. Coretti and the changeable woman pass to a different bar. Her dress changes, too. Eventually, she walks off with another man.
Coretti tries to find her again, searching bars and canceling classes in the morning. One day, he does find her, and she changes him to one of the title.