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RapUnsEl and Other Stories Paperback – June 8, 2015
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From the Inside Flap
The man turned piercing amber eyes in her direction, and her heart skipped. Her breath stopped. He looked directly at her, and she knew what she looked like from there: a dirty, multi-appendaged construction drone, squat with a top-mounted binocular camera below a small antenna array; two stubby, multi-jointed legs; and long, flexible arms, each ending in an asymmetrical claw. She wanted to turn and run. She wanted to hide. She couldn't even look away. She couldn't move a muscle, couldn't actuate one servo. They stared, she at him, he at her drone, for what had to have been hours, before, finally, she let out her breath. The drone sagged just slightly, a very organic movement, and the dancer quirked one corner of his mouth into a smile.
Heart racing, breath ragged, Tanni began to take a step back, but changed her mind. She stepped forward instead. As she did, she registered a slight resistance in her forward foot, and the world went black. "What?!" she yelled into the darkness.
Red letters spilled across the blackened world. "Signal lost."
Slowly, she removed the helmet and took one shaking, deep breath. "Oh no..." she said simply, and stared ahead at the undecorated wall of her cabin.
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