Rated PG. Contains magic, and horses, and transformation.
Immersed in Matter
by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
One frosty evening at the leading edge of winter, when Golden had sent me out to study the night habits of deer, I crouched under a bush with one of the inn yard cats. She was pregnant and hungry. I had brought her a fresh-killed rat. I wanted to buy conversation with her.
“How can I get close enough to speak with horses?” I whispered.
“You won’t be able to, not while you stink of faery,” the cat said.
“What’s wrong with how I smell?”
“We know your kind means us no good.”
About the Author
Nina Kiriki Hoffman is an American fantasy, science fiction and horror writer. She started publishing short stories in 1975, her first nationally published short story appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine in 1985 and has since published over 200 in various anthologies and magazines. She lives in Eugene, Oregon with her cats. She is a member of the Wordos writers’ group.