Day 19: Sparks by Mari Ness
The trouble with very short fiction is so often there isn’t actually a story. And while a vignette can be satisfying, most of the time they are not. Sparks is a 600-word setup to a punchline. (“Why have you replaced your hands with wands that shoot sparks? I wanted people to stop watching my eyes.” Which feels about as plausible as a woman getting a boob job so men will stop looking her in the face.)
This is too bad because people marking themselves with piercings, tattoos, branding, etc. is something that we see every day and the motivation behind extreme body modification is something that could have been explored here. Alas, the story was too short and there wasn’t nearly enough room.