Short story: “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love”

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“If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” by Rachel Swirsky

Appeared here in issue 46 and the podcast of Apex Magazine on March 5th, 2013; nominated for a 2014 Hugo Award; featured in episode 458 of Escape Pod, August 14th, 2014; also appeared in episode 384 of PodCastle

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I dig it.

On a reread, it becomes clear that the reveal was being set up the whole time, with the wedding scene being the narrator’s way of bargaining.

The mid-sentence transition (“just as they must avert their eyes”) is clever. I think it works better on the page than read aloud.