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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

"Angelica" by Jane Yolen from Dragonfield: and Other Stories

Since it first appearance in F&SF, December 1979, this has been reprinted in a half dozen or so anthologies by Isaac Asimov, Terry Carr, Jack Dann, Gardner Dozois, Ed Gorman, Martin Greenberg, Marvin Kaye, Larry Segriff, and Charles Waugh.  You can read it online here.

Addie is a rebelious boy.  Despite a fever and the lateness of the night, he sneaks out but falls into a river--sure to drown, but for the kindness of an angel who spots him and saves him because his own guardian angel had disappeared.  For good or for ill.  No good deed goes unpunished.

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