Genres: Science Fiction
Cast of Wonders 239: Hackers’ Faire (Artemis Rising 3)
Illustration by Mat Weller. Artemis Rising logo designed by Scott Pond.
Theme music is “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available from Promo DJ or his Facebook page.
by Rati Mehrotra
Some jerk in a speeding racer had wrecked Tiya’s cat. I was all for recycling its remains, but Tiya would have none of it. She wept until I gave in and promised to get it fixed at Hacker’s Faire.
I’d sworn not to go back there, not unless our lives depended on it. Everything at the Faire has a price, and I had little left to sell or barter. I had optioned my useful parts years ago, before I met Hanna and settled down – if squatting in an abandoned warehouse with eight other families can be called settling. Anyway, I had left my old life behind, and I kept quiet about my Truthtelling skills.
But Tiya’s our youngest and I couldn’t bear to see her cry. So I dusted my drum, slung it on my back and told her not to worry. “If Mama asks,” I said, “tell her I’m at the greenhouse.”