"Mishy had lived in the undersea city for twenty years. When she went down in the submersible, she was very young and very frightened, all bones and worries, but the years under the water did not feel like they had aged her on the inside. It was only when she had to look at the others that she could see that she was different after all.
She remembered dimly that in the lands of her childhood forty was not at all old, but in the army and under the sea there were hardly any forty-year-olds, and they watched her carefully to see what she might do. She began to grow tired of being watched, and that was when she came back to the surface world again.
She walked for two days before she ran into her first person."
- Marissa Lingen
One of the things I love most about working for Lightspeed Magazine is getting first shot reading great stories. Each and every one takes me on journeys, some to places familiar and some to places I have never considered. In the words of Ashleigh Brilliant, "Elsewhere is one of my favorite places."
The trickiest part of this piece was skin tone. Trying to capture two very different life effects yet still holding connection was challenging. Pour another cup of coffee, read the story and then let me know if I did the story justice!
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