Free Fiction Monday: Un-Familiar

Winston’s familiar Ruby, a small black cat, avoids dogs whenever possible. So when Winston finds her in cahoots with a toy poodle-Chihuahua mix, he wants to know why.

Ruby, usually so vocal, says nothing. Her silence, that dog, and a storm in the Oregon Coast community of Seavy Village all combine into one of the most memorable days of Winston’s life.

“Un-Familiar,” by World Fantasy Award-winning author Kristine Kathryn Rusch, is free on this website for one week only. The story’s also available as an ebook through various online retailers here. To read more in the Winston & Ruby series, click here. To read Kris’ latest story in the Uncollected Anthology, Oathbreaker, click here.


Kristine Kathryn Rusch


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6 responses to “Free Fiction Monday: Un-Familiar”

  1. Lucy says:

    “Un-Familiar” warmed my heart. Thank you. Wish I had a Familiar like Rudy. More stories like this please.

    And thanks!

  2. Vera Soroka says:

    Love Ruby! Will have to look up more of these stories. I like familiars.

  3. RLB Hartmann says:

    One of the Very Best yet. Perfect !

  4. Bea says:

    Thank you so much for this absolutely lovely story. It brought tears to my eyes, but with the ending they turned to tears of joy. Thank you again.

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