Fantasy urban fantasy shapeshifting Shape-shifter Heroka

A Bird in the Hand

By Douglas Smith
Mar 22, 2020 · 4,233 words · 16 minutes

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From the author: AURORA AWARD FINALIST — Lilith Hoyl awakes to find herself a prisoner in a top-secret government laboratory. To win her freedom, all she needs to do is prove that she’s human. “A very interesting turn-around story, in which our expectations are upended at the last minute. ...a good read, and sadly, far too relevant to our own present world.” —The Billion Light-Year Bookshelf


"Did you check the electrodes and restraints again?"

A male voice, she thought. Hard, sharp.

"Yes, doctor. I didn't like being in there with her."

Different voice, but male again. This one sounded nervous.

"I wonder what she’ll be?" the first voice asked.

Only two of them? She kept her eyes closed, listening.

"Something beautiful, I think. She certainly is now."

Where was she? She tried moving. The structure under her swayed slightly, creaking. Some kind of table.

"Stay focused, Steen. She’s...

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