Nesrin’s Comet

When Nesrin looked into the burning rock hurtling towards her, she was grateful to have her uncountable siblings around her. One hidden one acting alone can only divert a comet with monumental effort, but a large gathering of them can manage quite easily.

She heard her mother say “Wait till it comes through the clouds to give it time to burn off, then we’ll all charge it together and send it away with one strong push.”

Nesrin could already feel the heat starting to dry her skin. Even so, she was so entranced by the white shine of the flames on the apparent smoothness of the stone that she would have forgotten to change into her hidden form if one of her brothers hadn’t yelled “Nesrin, change before your flesh burns.” Shaken into reality, she glanced at her newly red arms. She shifted to her other self without thinking. Her mother had told her that her hidden one half made her immortal, but she hadn’t fully understood what that meant until she’d put her human half to the test.

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