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Comments for Stray
"Stray", The second story of the December issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine is about fitting in, love and acceptance. The protagonist is a fallen immortal named Ivan. He has sent thousands of men to their deaths and is now for reasons unknown stranded in the middle of nowhere at the height of Depression.
His savoir is a woman named Muriel who takes him home in her beat up Model T and welcomes him into her heart no questions asked. Ivan soon finds a happiness he has never had but this bliss is threatened by his own desire to make Muriel happy.
It took me a page or two to get into this short story but I liked the awkward relationship between Ivan and Muriel. There was a certain matter of factness to the story. These things happen and don't require explanation or much in the way of exposition.