Two young runaways share a small filthy apartment after escaping from an abusive cult. They soon discover that something far worse waits for them in the outside world. Also includes BARBARIANS: Set in the aftermath of a brutal war with an alien race, a former police officer adjusts to a new career as a hired gun.
A well-written, thoughtful sci-fi short in the genre of films like The Abyss and Prometheus.
The author has a particular talent for crafting visuals out of words. Her descriptions of technologies and the eerie underwater setting are simple and elegant, and sewn seamlessly into the story.
Great surprise with what ends up to be the real conflict in the story, and great ending.