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“As soon as you’re born, you go through crap. And there’re different categories of crap. There’s general crap, like working and paying bills, puttin’ up with bad bosses, and female crap, like
having men expect you to massage their ego. And I suppose there’s male crap,
but I couldn’t tell you what it was. Maybe needing women to tell you what a
good job you did. Then there’s religious crap. Crap you go through if you’re a
Christian, Jewish, Muslim, shaman even,” !Dana@root said. She crouched on one
knee behind a bush, one eye closed, one eye viewing a copse of trees through
the sight of a crossbow.


“Shaman crap. I know that,” Krell said.


“Crap we have, D-Root, but you have to admit, we haven’t had to pay bills in a long time,” Mo-B said.


“Don’t be fooled. The government is taking taxes out of our so-called hazard pay as we speak,” 3Victoria said. “To pay for President Alkar’s war with the Ghivites.”


“And they underestimated the hazard, if you ask me,” !Dana@root said. “Gotcha.”  She released the bolt. It hissed in the air and hit the target, who had just
emerged from the copse. Blood rivuleted from his left flank and he wailed an
unholy howling, which diminuendoed to whimpering.


“He’s down!” D-root said.


 


“Looks like your boyfriend was right,” Krell said, taking off, running toward the fallen prey.


“He’s not my boyfriend!” D-root said, yelling after Krell.


The four women reached the site and dragged the prey back to the clearing. This one had been a
3-faster. Mo-B held down the boy, Sol, and wound a speckev rope around him. 

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Whoa, looks like some template technospeak accidentally inserted before that last paragraph. Was that printed? I don't have my copy yet.
Fixed, thanks.

K. Ceres Wright said:
Whoa, looks like some template technospeak accidentally inserted before that last paragraph. Was that printed? I don't have my copy yet.
My Bad. LOL
Thanks, Milton! I hate the fact that a lot of science fiction ignores/avoids religion. But faith is a large part of people's lives in the Black community. So I knew it would be accepted here.

Milton Davis said:
A clever story. I liked the blend of spiritual views. A very original piece. Good job, Ceres.
One would have to go a long way and through many anthologies, from Dark Matter to Dangerous Visions, to find a story as original and well-written as this one. From the unique premise to the interactions between the characters and the action in the plot, this one has it all. Great job, Ceres.
Coming from you, Charles, that is a deep compliment. Thank you so much.

Charles R. Saunders said:
One would have to go a long way and through many anthologies, from Dark Matter to Dangerous Visions, to find a story as original and well-written as this one. From the unique premise to the interactions between the characters and the action in the plot, this one has it all. Great job, Ceres.
Great way to tackle Hadron...topical, original and you didn't let it get in the way of character and story.
Whoa!! She does more than edit!!
I was curious about "3Victoria" and 3-faster, and D-Root as proper names...


Night Manager said:
Great way to tackle Hadron...topical, original and you didn't let it get in the way of character and story.
Whoa!! She does more than edit!!
I was curious about "3Victoria" and 3-faster, and D-Root as proper names...

3Victoria was sort of a shoutout to William Gibson's Neuromancer, where a character was named Lady 3Jane. @D-Root! is a way to demonstrate how computer language has infiltrated human language, what with people naming their babies 2.0 instead of Junior. 3-faster is not a name, but the intensity of the exorcism, requiring 3 people to fast beforehand. I guess I didn't make that clear enough.
That's awesome! Never thought of that. NICE!

K. Ceres Wright said:


Night Manager said:
Great way to tackle Hadron...topical, original and you didn't let it get in the way of character and story.
Whoa!! She does more than edit!!
I was curious about "3Victoria" and 3-faster, and D-Root as proper names...

3Victoria was sort of a shoutout to William Gibson's Neuromancer, where a character was named Lady 3Jane. @D-Root! is a way to demonstrate how computer language has infiltrated human language, what with people naming their babies 2.0 instead of Junior. 3-faster is not a name, but the intensity of the exorcism, requiring 3 people to fast beforehand. I guess I didn't make that clear enough.
Thanks! 'preciate it!



Night Manager said:
That's awesome! Never thought of that. NICE!

K. Ceres Wright said:


Night Manager said:
Great way to tackle Hadron...topical, original and you didn't let it get in the way of character and story.
Whoa!! She does more than edit!!
I was curious about "3Victoria" and 3-faster, and D-Root as proper names...

3Victoria was sort of a shoutout to William Gibson's Neuromancer, where a character was named Lady 3Jane. @D-Root! is a way to demonstrate how computer language has infiltrated human language, what with people naming their babies 2.0 instead of Junior. 3-faster is not a name, but the intensity of the exorcism, requiring 3 people to fast beforehand. I guess I didn't make that clear enough.
that first paragraph made my day
Aww, thanks!!


william landis said:
that first paragraph made my day

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