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Written at Orson Scott Card's Writing Bootcamp in 2006, Scott generously declared this story a career-launcher, "a very delicate thing created during a sledge-hammer of a week." His praise may have over-elevated my expectations of success, but it was an invaluable shot of affirmation and I'm thankful to him for it. Some have asked if I deliberately set out to make them uncomfortable while they were reading it. No. I deliberately set out to make myself uncomfortable while writing it.