Today’s story is remarkably haunting: a giant, tangled moral conundrum with no easy answers.
The Arbitrage Of Moments
[Sad] [Slice of Life] • 12,168 words
When you have so little, and another has so much, it’s easy to justify theft. The more precious the commodity, the easier it is to tell yourself you need it more than they do. And what is more precious than time?
FROM THE CURATORS: This story is nothing if not thought-provoking — and fittingly, it spurred one of our liveliest debates during nomination. One line in particular (you’ll know it when you read it) was remarkably polarizing. “(That line) literally made me put my tablet down for a minute to think about how correct its speaker was,” Horizon said. “Any story that forces you to stop and reflect like that is doing something very right.” Chris disagreed: “I cringed at (that line), but there’s too much here I like to get caught up on it.”
Overall, we were impressed with the story’s compelling premise and the wrenching dilemma of the cast. “The character actions … and emotional reactions rang true,” Chris said. “I liked the subtle horror and mystery of it,” Vimbert said.
Read on for our interview, in which GAPJaxie discusses when not to use changelings and reveals the inherent contradictions of Rarity.