“Literally” • by Yelena Crane

Doctors poked inside Junior’s 23 chromosomes to find the gene that needed fixing.

His compulsion to take things literally seemed minor at first but then he broke a leg before a concert, suffered 3rd degree burns after everything went down in flames, needed dentist appointments to correct the chipped tooth from biting the bullet.

So, when his mother told him he should make new friends it was a no-brainer. Trouble was they became old quickly and he became lonelier than ever. The doctors hadn’t fixed him at all.

“I’m not the son you wanted,” he told mother.

“You’re the bees knees,” she said.


Yelena Crane
is a Ukrainian/Soviet born and USA based writer, incorporating influences from both into her work. With an advanced degree in the sciences, she has followed her passions from mad scientist to sci-fi writer. Her stories often explore the boundaries of technology, the complexities of human nature, and the consequences of our choices. She's published in Nature Futures, DSF, Dark Matter Ink, Flame Tree, and elsewhere. Follow her on twitter @Aelintari and https://www.yelenacrane.com/.