When You Had Power
Power engineer Lucía Ramirez long ago lost her family to one—she’d give anything to take that vow. The Power Islands give humanity a fighting chance, but tending kelp farms and solar lilies is a lonely job. The housing AI found her a family match, saying she should fit right in with the Senegalese retraining expert who’s a force of nature, the ex-Pandemic Corps cook with his own cozy channel, and even the writer who insists everything is stories, all the way down. This family of literal and metaphorical refugees could be the shelter she’s seeking from her own personal storm.
I don’t hate being a Guardian angel. What’s frustrating is being confined to this rank for a millennium while everyone around me has earned their colored wings and gone off to help the humans plan their lives, inspire art, and fight demons. I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong! My latest Ward, a human named Daniel, who lives in 1800s Maryland, refuses to listen to anything I whisper in his ear. If he doesn’t watch himself, he’s going to end up dead—or worse—and I’m going to end up wallowing around with white wings for the rest of my eternal life.