Erika told me everything her mom had said, how things were changing in an ugly way. She knew about the burning at the university, too, and some other things, rumors and noises. “We should be really, really careful,” she said. “Mom said I should be careful, and if my friends had any sense they’d be careful too.”
She frowned, twisting one of her many braids. “I think mom knows… at least that I’m different. I guess it doesn’t matter what kind of different because any of it could get me dead.”
I hugged Erika, because I couldn’t think of what else to do, and she hugged me back and kissed the top of my head, the same way that babushka does.
As I begin revisions on The Shape-shifter’s Tale, I will be posting character interview excerpts for the main cast of the novel. This week’s excerpt comes from the interview with Max, who also appears in my published stories Max and the Ghost and Erika and the Vampire, which take place before the events of The Shape-shifter’s Tale.
Weekend Writing Warriors offers eight-sentence excerpts from a variety of writers; see the other excerpts here.
Convention update: On Thursday 4 July, I will be speaking on the CONvergence panel “Stealing from the Best: How SFF Writers Beg, Borrow, and Steal Ideas.” Expect an interesting exchange of ideas!