I’ve got a brand new story out in Shimmer Magazine this month, entitled “A Drop of Ink Preserved in Amber.” Amber is a genetically modified human in a time where genetic modifications could spell government-sanctioned euthanization. She must struggle to keep her secrets secret, while not letting bigotry erase her history.
Here’s an excerpt:
They flew from New York to LA. Mama called it a “test flight.” Daddy said her drawers were big enough to use now, but they had to be sure. Neither of those things made much sense to Amber, but, they were her parents, and she wanted to do them proud.
Six long hours later, they landed and retrieved their bags. Emerging from the terminal into the hot California sun, her parents gleefully loaded her into a rental car, laughing. Daddy drove, and Mama sat with her in the backseat.
“You can open them up now,” Mama said with a smile. “You did a very good job. You’re a very good girl.”
Amber didn’t feel like a good girl. She didn’t know why, but hiding her drawers from the lady in New York felt wrong.
She took off her shirt anyway–the one with the cartoon dinosaur with googly eyes–and pressed the center of what should have been her breast bone.
When closed, the drawers were invisible; she looked like any other pudgy child, with uninterrupted contours, a round belly, and tiny limbs. But when she pressed just right, large sphincters unfurled like flowers, letting the bony drawers slide out.
Supple skin covered in fine, velvety hair encased the calcium structures. The drawers were well padded with cartilage and thick skin, protecting whatever she–or her parents–chose to hide in them.
Mama kissed her forehead and gently plucked a piece of cut amber from her daughter’s chest. It was set in a roughly worked bronze brooch, with small accent rubies encircling the main stone.
The full story will be available online in December, and I’ll post a link again then. Right now you can purchase the issue for download here (click the cover):
I’ve also got a reprint out in the inaugural issue of Mothership Zeta. If you are familiar with Escape Artist publications, you know this new endeavor is bound to be a good one! “Imma Gonna Finish You Off,” a humor story about immortality and killer robots, is just one of many fun romps you’ll find inside. Click the cover for more: