Short story: “The Boy in Zaquitos”
by look i have opinions
“The Boy in Zaquitos,” by Bruce McAllister
(Correction: this piece did not appear in Asimov’s Science Fiction, August 1993—not sure where that came from); appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, January 2006; anthologized in Roads Not Taken: Tales of Alternate History; released as episode 425 of Escape Pod on December 6th, 2013
Chillingly banal. Very well done.