Taren and Keui
by Kate MacLeod
The Taren and Keui live in the fields ringing the mountain that touches their world's sky, but not together. The Keui live in herds for protection, the Taren their constant predators.
Both need jing to keep their plasimetal flesh supple and moving, but jing only grows in the bodies of the Keui. For a Taren to get it, they take it from a Keui.
The oldest question in any world: fight or flight?