Rosettes and Ribbons by M.C.A. Hogarth
Approx. 13,860 words.
Published on November 8, 2010.
Pelipenele is on her first trip as Dr. Edisse's xenoanthropology intern, to the planet Aren, to a dig-site being unearthed by the passionate and intimidating Aera. Little does she know that her dull, easy translation assignment is going to be nothing of the sort...
This story was chosen for the "Best in Show" anthology.