Free Fiction Monday: “Dancers Like Children”
Dr. Justin Schafer travels to the Bountiful colony to investigate a series of brutal murders. The colonists blame the Dancers, an alien species the colony relies on for its livelihood. But the more Schafer investigates, the more complicated the case seems. He begins to wonder if his past mistakes—mistakes that led to genocide—will color his judgment. And he begins to suspect that the reasons for the unthinkable murders will shock everyone involved.
“Dancers Like Children” appears in a different form in the novel Alien Influences, which was a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
“Dancers Like Children” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as a standalone from Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and other ebookstores.
Dancers Like Children
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
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OMG, that last line….
🙂 Thanks, Dave. I think. 🙂
It’s a “third ending” I think: the easy ending is triumph over avenging Michael; the second ending is getting accepted by his old gang; the third ending is… fear of his old gang, seeing what gang behavior did to Michael. I did not see the third ending coming. Yes, I meant it as a compliment.