Tor.com has posted the short story, “Sweetheart” by Abbey Mei Otis, for your reading enjoyment. The story is free to read online.
Description: Paxton and the neighbor’s kid are inseparable – sweethearts, even, and Paxton barely six. He doesn’t mind her antennae and clicking mandibles at all.
Author Abbey Mei Otis is a student at Oberlin College and a graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop. Her short fiction has been seen in Strange Horizons and The Susquehanna Review. Artist Greg Ruth has been a comic artist since 1993; his clients include The New York Times, DC Comics, and Dark Horse Comics. He has exhibited his work in Houston, Baltimore, and New York, including a series of murals in Grand Central Station.
You can read the story here: Sweetheart