“On This Side,” by Yuko Sakata
8,429 words; 22 pages in BANR
I feel for these two characters. Toru perhaps doesn’t know much about trans people (or does he? He’s almost silent on the subject) but respects Saki’s womanhood. In the end, Saki seems to be done with him, and we’re left to wonder if she’s headed for a downward spiral (back to her ex) or just breaking free from another relationship that’s no good for her.