Humanoid Central 2016
by Tom Lichtenberg
Copyright 2012-2016 by Tom Lichtenberg
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Helena Vega had always, always wanted a daughter, and the early stages had been wonderful, but the current stage, fifteen years old, Holy Mother of God! Bysshe had developed so many strange preoccupations that her mother couldn't help but wonder which of her own many mistakes were at fault. She was almost beginning to wish the world hadn't been given this one last final chance! What was the Leadership Council thinking? Teenagers were going to save us all? Had any of them ever even met one? Let the planets collide in the middle of the sky and see if that pulls even one kid out of their intense little dramas! Yet here they were, one of a handful of so-called “model families” culled from the wreckage of the last Big Deal to try and solve the Ultimate Problem of Our Time: Inter-Humanoid Relations. The idea was deceptively simple, so simple in fact it seemed damn near impossible. Take a bunch of kids and raise them all together, teach them all to get along despite their differences. No, even because of their differences, as the idealists would have it. As if had ever worked among strictly homo sapiens! There had always been something to tear them apart; religion, skin color, politics, language, nationality, shape, size, eye color, you name it. Humans were notorious for seeking out the Other in the other and making sure everybody knew their place. Why this would be any different was beyond Helena Vega.