For Rebeka, menopause is the beginning of motherhood, not the end. Her new daughter is perfect; Rebeka sculpted her that way. The townsfolk are mad to think Mud-Child will murder them all during the next thunderstorm. Rebeka will not give her up. But the rest of the world sees a monster when they look at Mud-Child – and a potential profit. When Mud-Child is snatched and sold into military slavery, Rebeka will do anything to get her back.
For Mud-Child, waking up was simple. One minute, she was clay. The next, she could feel, move and love. She doesn’t want to be a soldier, especially since they treat her like furniture. She wants to go home. Or she did, before she found it out it could mean a death-sentence for Rebeka. Now she’s on the run from everybody. Even her mother.
For Bren, it was just a job. Monster-tender. Sounded simple. He didn’t count on one monster being able to think and write. Or a stranger offering Bren his heart’s desire—the removal of his life-long curse. All Bren has to do is take a new master and turn a blind eye. But Bren has always prided himself on doing his job. On being a good man. If he accepts the offer, a little clay girl and her mother will die. A nation will fall. And if that happens, Bren might as well admit he’s nothing more than his curse.
3rd draft in progress