Comments for Bait
I am the type of reader who associates locations with books and stories read. For instance, "Bait" by Robin Aurelian from the January / February 2010 Fantasy and Science makes me think of the library. Or more specifically, the library parking lot where I read the story while waiting for the library to open.
"Bait" can be described as a warning to all big sisters. If you torture your baby brother, he's likely to find his revenge. If you're like Spike and live in a world where one can hunt for magical creatures in the wood, that revenge might taken on a paranormal form.
The story is also another warning about "be careful what you wish for." If you use your brother as bait and let him get bit and cursed and whatnot by who knows what as part of the hunt, he may very well end up turning into something stronger and more vicious than you are!
As a big sister who was once not so nice to my much younger brother, I laughed at the story. But I also felt a little grateful that I didn't grow up in a magical world.
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