By Nicola Griffith
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But you always comfort them, first,” Nina said. “You make sure they’re safe—” “And that they feel safe,” Kim said. “Yes,” said Therese. ” “Basic principles,” Nina said. They smiled at each other, pleased. Suze frowned and opened her mouth. I forestalled her. “Basic principles. That’s what I can give you. Any mother will tell you that if you take a favorite toy from a two-year-old he will scream. ” Suze brightened. ” I studied her a moment. I nodded at her quads. “You already know how to kick things.
Just as you don’t try to interest six-year-olds in natural history by discussing physiology and adaptive evolution—but take them, instead, to a pond to watch tadpoles turn into frogs—on the first day of class you don’t tell grown women to change their lives. You show them how to punch a bag. I parked outside Crystal Gaze, under the only streetlight. It was a long way from the side door. I turned off the Saab’s heater and got out. 5:56 on the second Tuesday of February. My breath hung in a cloud as I zipped my jacket.
I let him tip it into his mouth and swallow, then nodded at the last remaining half-shell. ” “Let me put it this way, Torvingen. ” We ordered another dozen. Two intense twenty-nothings took a seat at the bar and started arguing about whether cyberpunk owed its attitude more to Materialist philosophy or to a misguided interpretation of Descartes’ interpretation of Aristotle. “So,” he said. ” “You know what I mean. It’s been nearly a year. And then the incident with your self-defense student. And now your mother is coming.