Short Story of the Week for July 9, 2017

Recently I started taking part in several writing prompt challenges to help my own writing out, and an unexpected benefit has been the number of great stories I’ve read by other writers doing also following the prompts.


This was a story I didn’t read myself. The amazing Levar Burton read it to me, and reminded me of how much I missed Reading Rainbow.

Reading Rainbow

Story Link

Kin via Levar Burton Reads: “A young boy contacts an alien assassin in the hopes of saving his sister’s life.”

Careful not to read my comments before you read the story; spoilers may lurk within. You’ve been warned.

My Thoughts

alien crying

This story was strange and sweet.

The main character is a young boy trying to save his unborn sister from a government that doesn’t allow children to be born without permission due to extreme overpopulation.

The second character is an alien assassin the boy tries to hire to kill a government official so that the sister may live.

The author gives the alien a sense of so-called humanity in the way he resolves the issue, effectively saving the unborn child from death and saving the boy from having blood on his hands, figuratively or not. And his gift years later was icing on the cake.

If you read all this way and didn’t read the story first, shame on you – but go read it now. You won’t regret it.

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