A Matter of Nurture
By: August von Orth

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller

Pages: 11

Reading Time: 25 mins

The target answered the door in a rumpled bathrobe and musky slippers. He stood silent a moment in the doorway to his condo, studied her with puffy, red eyes. “You’re here to kill me.”

Summary: Dani Díaz is a virtuoso in a dark but necessary profession. Or is she? A job gone horribly wrong makes her doubt everything she thought she knew, including her own identity.

The blood splatter stains glowed radioactive-red in the bright hallway light. ¡Mierda! She ran for the service stairs. Her feet barely touched the ground, each moment endless with the threat of an open door
and a witness.

Rant: This was a remarkable and refreshing read. It was exciting and engaging, the descriptive language helped to draw the reader in and stay interested. The storyline was exciting, it had a great plot that wasn’t just about murdering someone which is becoming an overdone theme. For an 11 page story, it was packed with action and a great mystery that was very engaging. I always find futuristic science themes and experiments to be a great read as the possibilities are endless and this story did not disappoint. The idea of nature versus nurture was prevalent and very nicely done as part of an explanation of what happened. If this was a full-length novel I would read it in a heartbeat, there is so much to expand upon and learning more about the main character would be really exciting. The ending is left open but you know the basic outcome. It was very clever and satisfying which is (in my opinion) the most important part of a piece! Nicely written, 5 out of 5 stars. Highly recommend.

Buy a copy of the magazine containing this story here: http://www.neo-opsis.ca/Twenty-Nine.htm

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