Kediil wants only to remain neuter and learn the secrets of herbs from its beloved Mardin. But upon reaching second puberty, Kediil turns female, and is forced to decide between accepting her new role in the family...or something unspeakable.
©2002 M.C.A. Hogarth (P)2012 M.C.A. Hogarth
This story made the Tiptree Award's secondary reading list and was recommended for a Nebula after its publication in Strange Horizons. It is included in the print book collection Clays Beneath the Skies.