Monday, November 23, 2015

Song For The Asking, by Carmelo Rafala

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The narrator, a priest in a fantasy world, crosses the ocean to bring his church a boy he has trained and a woman he has captured. But something is strange about both of them, and the convoy has lots of problems. (7,400 words; Time: 24m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average

"Song For The Asking," by (edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell), appeared in Stories for Chip (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: The story recounts the narrator's attempt to sail home with his prizes, and ends naturally when he arrives a failure. We get a good enough idea of what sort of man he is that when he thinks the crew are going to kill the woman, he sets her free, even though the consequences are terrible.

Con: We're led to believe that he, she, and the boy are all members of the same species, but other than the singing, we don't see much hint of it. The boy leaves the ship, but we're not sure why or what he means to do. And we never get a hint of why this man's church would even want a creature like her.

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