My story “The Butterfly Disjunct” is now available on Amazon as a Kindle single. This story first appeared in Spark: A Creative Anthology, volume 4 (January of this year, their speculative fiction issue).
Here’s a teaser:
by Stewart C Baker
She was four when they furrowed her, opening holes in her skull and channels through her brain. She was four when they prepared her for the Tree.
Four, but not afraid—not really. Jeyna had known of the Tree, of course, and how important the guardian’s duties were, but fear was foreign to her, along with the words her parents had repeated the night before: honour, sacrifice, pride.
Her parents themselves she remembers mostly as a jumble of impressions, all tear-streaked faces and shaking hands. She can picture their clothes, though, crisp and orderly, their pristine white subtly emphasising the cream-coloured soulsteel curves of the Place’s inner halls.
Her father’s broken baritone still echoes through her mind: “It’s not right, Kel. Not right.”
Still, he left her there.
They both had, outside the surgery, but she had not been afraid. She was curious. What would it be like, this new life with the Tree? She turned to the doors to find them open, awaiting her.
Want to read on? Check it out at your regional Amazon with the following link: http://mybook.to/tbdis14