short stories

Always the Harvest

Nissaea-of-the-Slant wasn’t even looking for an eye implant in the mazeway lode when she came across the half-smashed ocular. It was worthless in any case, and she gritted her teeth at her bad luck. A hand was what she needed, and this was her last chance. The sputtering confounders, the only ones she’d been able to afford, would give out sooner or later, and then she wouldn’t be able to hide her illegal implant-mining from the Watch.

Star-crossed cyborg lovers, as it were. Thanks to Yune Kyung Lee and Sonya Taaffe for the beta. Published in Neil Clarke’s anthology Upgraded.

I cop to being influenced by some of the deliciously macabre imagery in the computer RPG Planescape: Torment.