Science Fiction

Ruby, in the Storm

By A.M. Dellamonica
8,491 words · 31-minute reading time

The Katfite was smoky, strobe-lit, and loud, features that hadn't changed in the decade since Helena's dancing days even though music had moved on. Tripping rhythms hit her like ball-peen hammers as she stepped inside, coming face to face with a poster that told her the current band's name: Hairy Rhythm Romeo. She grinned as she scanned the shadows below the stage--they weren't half bad.

On the dance floor, two lines of kids were performing a Regency dance. They were moving twice as fast as anything out of Jane Austen. If what Helena had heard was correct, they would continue to speed up. Short leather straps dangled from their left hands; anyone unlucky enough to miss a step would be lashed by her nearest neighbors. Helena squinted, trying to see if anyone was bleeding.

Probably not--it was early yet.

She elbowed through to the bar and tried in vain to get someone's attention, made invisible by her conservative teaching clothes. At last she was jostled in the direction of an empty...

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About the Author

A.M. Dellamonica's first novel, Indigo Springs, won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. Her fourth, A Daughter of No Nation, has won the 2016 Prix Aurora. She has published over forty short stories in, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed and numerous print magazines and anthologies. She was the co-editor of Heiresses of Russ 2016. She teaches writing at two universities and is pursuing an MFA in creative writing at a third. Alyx is married to fellow Aurora winner Kelly Robson; the two made their outlaw wedding of 1989 legal, in 2003, when the Canadian Supreme Court conferred equality on same sex couples.

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