Substitutions by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Approx. 6,930 words.
Published on December 4, 2010 by
Silas has worked for Death in Nevada for 150 years. He gets Christmas and Christmas Eve off. Only this year, his substitute finds him in a Las Vegas casino. His substitute is a boy whose task terrifies him. If the boy doesn't finish the task, a dozen kids will live in agony. Silas wants to tell the boy that’s the job. But he can’t. Because it’s Christmas, and the boy is all alone...