The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere

By John Chu, first published in

In the near future, the elements are attuned to the truth in one’s words: when one lies they are drenched in a sudden, chilling downpour; a half-truth brings about humidity; uttering a paradox results in an overpowering sense of dread, which relents only when one says an unequivocal truth; telling a powerful truth suffuses one with warmth and the sensation of a spring breeze. A young, gay, Chinese-American man navigates the coming out conversation with his immigrant parents while being honest throughout.

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