Vasiht'h always thought himself lucky to have befriended one of the rare and fascinating Eldritch, so when Jahir invites him home for a cousin's wedding, he's eager for the chance to find out more about these enigmatic aliens. Naturally, he gets more than he bargains for; by the end of his trip, he'll either know all Jahir's secrets...or he'll be dead... A 92-page story in the Pelted Universe.
This novella has existed for years now; I think I wrote it in college, it's that old. When I went through it a couple of weeks ago to see how much editing it would need, I had an attack of artistic fastidiousness. It was imperfect.
So I threw it out, opened a brand new empty file, and rewrote the whole thing from scratch in roughly two weeks. The result is 92 pages of story, plenty enough to sink your teeth into. And thank God for the new publishing paradigms, because there's no market that would have taken this awkward-length thing: it's too short for a novel and far too long for even the longest novella market. So you get to see it for coffee money; this pivotal moment in the relationship between two deep friends. Plus, there are all sorts of little tie-in to other stories; not just unpublished ones, but "Precious Things" and some of the case studies... there's even a reference to something in Even the Wingless. Lots of interconnectivity here! I am excited!
If you've been waiting for Jahir and Vasiht'h and the case studies felt too much like an appetizer, here's your story. Enjoy it. :)
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