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Please Undo This Hurt

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Please Undo This Hurt

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Author: Seth Dickinson
Publisher: Tor.com Publishing, 2015
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Book Type: Short Story
Genre: Fantasy
Sub-Genre Tags: Dark Fantasy
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Synopsis

Ever feel like you care too much? After a breakup, after the funeral... it feels like the way to win at life is to care the least.

That's not an option for Dominga, an EMT who cares too much, or her drinking buddy Nico, who just lost his poor cat. Life hurts. They drink. They talk:

Nico's tired of hurting people. He wants out. Not suicide, not that - he'd just hurt everyone who loves him. But what if he could erase his whole life? Undo the fact of his birth? Wouldn't Dominga be having a better night, right now, if she didn't have to take care of him?

And when Dominga finds a way to do just that, when she is gifted or armed with a terrible cosmic mercy, she still cares enough to say:

I am not letting him have this. I am not letting Nico go without a fight.

This short story can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2016, edited by Rich Horton, and Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction (2018), edited by Irene Gallo.

Read the full story for free at Tor.com.


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