To read it, click here: "Nira and I"
Author: Shweta Narayan
Published in Strange Horizons
Word Count: 3,000 words approx
In this world, fear is a mist that envelopes the city. The mist can only be kept at bay by rigidly following certain rules. What then happens when the children become so sheltered that they know of the rules but nothing of the city itself? How can young people then survive the mist? How can they fight it?