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2016 Story 39

Today's story is again from the anthology Clockwork Phoenix 5, edited by Mike Allen:

39. SOCIAL VISITING by Sunil Patel.  Patel's story starts mundanely enough: teenage Shaila is forced by her parents to endure yet another Sunday of social visiting with various motel-owning relatives, aunts and uncles who dote on her and try to feed her and make her drink teas she doesn't really enjoy. But she does what she must to keep the family happy -- and then discovers she's been tested for a destiny that involves fighting a famous Indian demon banished by Rama long ago. Patel's two main charaacters, Shaila and Divya, are relatable and strong young women, and the adult characters (Shaila's parents and her aunt Ranitamasi) are equally well-drawn. So often in this sort of story the teenagers are beyond average and the adults are disconnected and stupid, but Patel makes everyone a vital part of the story, and doesn't let Shaila's initial "sarcastic teenager" tone overwhelm the story or make her unlikeable.

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