Forthcoming, short stories

“The Starship and the Temple Cat”

Properly, the cat’s name was Seventy-Eighth Temple Cat of the High Bells, along with a number of ceremonial titles that needn’t concern us. But the people who had called her that no longer lived in the station’s ruins. Every day as she made her rounds in what had been the boundaries of the temple, she saw and smelled the artifacts they had left behind, from bloodstains to scorch marks, from decaying books to singed spacesuits, and yowled her grief.

Forthcoming in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Thanks to Yune Kyung Lee, Robert Chang, and Sonya Taaffe for the beta.