Precious Things by M.C.A. Hogarth
Approx. 3,450 words.
Published on September 19, 2011.
Sydnie Unfound, one of the Pelted gengineered by humans in centuries past, came to Earth to discover herself. She hasn't had any luck yet. But on a fateful day during the winter holidays, her luck starts to turn when she meets an unexpected fellow seeker.... a short story of the Pelted.