Facts of Bone
by Tina Connolly
Jules stripped to her underwear, dusted herself with powder, and stepped into the stretchy flying suit. She smoothed it around her fingers, careful to line up the yellow dots on her knuckles, careful to leave no gaps or bubbles around her palms. Her ritual for suiting up was rigid. Enough could go wrong in the air...but some things she could control.
She trudged out of the shed, holding the carry pegs of the flycycle. The wings and rotators spread awkwardly out behind it, the right wing scoring the dirt. She poked her earbud in as she walked, settled the braced helmet in place. The worn path was muddy and her feet grew heavy.
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"Facts of Bone" is roughly 5600 words.
Tina Connolly is an actor and writer in Portland, OR. Appeared or forthcoming: poems in Strange Horizons and Asimov's Science Fiction; stories in Son and Foe and Heliotrope. She is a graduate of Clarion West 2006. Her website is at tinaconnolly.com">tinaconnolly.com.