“Children, I said to her. For the first little while, they not exactly human, you don't find?”
Nalo Hopkinson

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Plot Summary of "Aftermoon" by Tananarive Due, a short story from "Dark Matter: Reading the Bones" Edited by Sheree R. Thomas, Creator of the Dark Matter Series.

A Natural Phase

Every month the full moon usually brought forward Kenya's shrouded cravings to pursue pungent prey, and run born-free wild. Like everyone else she had to make a way in a modernity that believed her authentic parts mythic and unnecessary. She secretly wished to connect intimately with someone who would love her for her real self.

In season, she met a doctor who specialized in removing hair from places such as between the breasts.  Kenya seriously hoped the treatment would be well worth the monetary expense. She decided to take a chance and share her truth. Was it naive for her to think she could be loved by a being who would not flee fearfully? 

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