A Champion of Nigh-Space

By Tim Pratt, first published in Uncanny Magazine.

A young man's girlfriend frequently disappears from their life together in Berkeley for what she says are family emergencies. But after the couple gets matching tattoos, the man's tattoo begins to behave strangely, glittering and levitating over his skin — leading him to realize that perhaps his girlfriend, and the trips she takes, are not so ordinary as they may seem.