He lifted his hands. He was wearing the gloves she’s repaired. “You don’t know me anymore, Kitty.” He flexed his fingers into a fist, willing himself to become fog. His skin burned. Something was wrong.
“That’s why it can’t work between us. I love you like a brother, kinda. Like a step-brother. Like you’re adopted.”
He shook with the effort to become fog. “Wait! I can prove it to you.”
“You’re not made from the same stuff as me and Lucas. It’s not your fault. That’s just the way it is.” A car had been rolling toward them, and Sheldon knew she’d called it toward them. She was leaving. She was leaving him behind. “That’s just the way it’s gonna be.”
“Kitty, wait! I can prove it. Just let me show you!” He gritted his teeth and imagined himself puncturing a balloon. But the more he tried to change, the more his skin burned. “Kitty, don’t go!”
There’s a very unusual idea at the core of this story: a man can lose his molecular density and while this may cause him quite a few problems, it may become a weapon if he gets the gig of how to use it.
It was a fun read, following Sheldon as he learns how to use his new ability and how his ideas about it change on the journey. He was just one of many interesting characters, some endearing, some likable, some other unusual. I think the plot could have been tightened quite a bit, but the story is interesting enough that you want to know what happens to these characters.
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