Size / / /

1.

Why should childhood end in citizenship?

"Are you a, uh, special child?"

2.

Is it true that they killed your unborn sister to conceive you?

3.

"You mean, you escaped the time square? I don't think you even reached there."

I'll tell you what's more difficult than to break the time's wall: finding the courage to tie your goddamn shoes every single day till the end of your line.

4.

Why did you make 'The Eye Sight?'

Are you still looking, silently?

5.

"The wreckage of old ships . . . and our broken friends, they were burning posts of light."




Salik Shah is a writer, filmmaker, and the founding editor of Mithila Review, the journal of international science fiction and fantasy (2015-). His work has appeared on Asimov’s Science Fiction, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, and The Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction (Volume 2). Twitter: @salik. Website: salikshah.com.
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