KRIS DIKEMAN

at Strange Horizons

Smilodon

from All Hallows

from Mad Hatters and March Hares

The New Queen

from Yellow Bat Review

at Beneath Ceaseless Skies

at Daily Science Fiction

at Beneath Ceaseless Skies

She was about 12, maybe a little younger. It’s not so easy to tell with kids, especially girls. This one looked normal enough, pink puffy coat, blond hair up in a scrunchy thing, vinyl backpack with a cartoon character — an anthropomorphic block of ice — plastered across the side. She moved down the aisle of the lurching bus with the ease of a career sailor and plopped herself down next to me.