Heaventide

F&SF November 2012 Fantasy, 8,400 words
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Young Daybreak-under-Clouds yearns to leave the village of Lionfjord and travel the world, an act that marks the passage into manhood. But Daybreak has been caught having sex with men, and in Lionfjord, this is confirmation of womanhood. Miserable in a new gender role and desperate to leave Lionfjord, Daybreak doesn’t know what to do—until the mischievous Traveler Boneoak comes to town, with his irresistible smile and brilliant ideas.

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Reprinted in UNDER STARS and THE RAMSHEAD ALGORITHM AND OTHER STORIES.

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F&SF, November/December 2012