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Paul's friend Milara was born with tear-shaped birthmarks, and her life has been one of exhaustion and sorrow; she assumes it always will be. But he doesn't agree, and he's determined to show her differently....
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Published: Nov. 01, 2010
Words: 1,840
Language: English
ISBN: 9781452351063
About M.C.A. Hogarth

Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things—-web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist—-but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise.

Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.

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Review by: THG StarDragon Publishing on Jan. 24, 2013 : star star star star star
This was a great story, and one that I am very likely to read to my daughter on those days that she feels she isn't pretty and otherwise is disconnected from herself.

It is a quick read, perfect for those blah days. I would have liked more, I am very interested in Milara's future just on this short story alone. I grew up feeling as if I was never good enough, and it took friends to do an equivalent of what was in this story for me to see myself for what I was. So, this story resonated very strongly for me.
(review of free book)

Review by: Elizabeth McCoy on Dec. 18, 2010 : star star star
This is a sweet story, about how what we see in the mirror can shape us -- whether what we see is lies or truth.

It's a deep subject, treated very... quickly and a bit pat; it may seem too easy and glib. On the other hand, it's also extremely touching and well-written, and offers a lot of hope about how a change in viewpoint can change... *everything*, for the better. I suspect that what the reader brings to the story will influence what the reader gets from it, more than in many stories.

And, as always, it's a look at the fascinating universe in which the Pelted live, and that's never a bad thing!
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