|1,294 words/5 pages double spaced
|First person, present tense
|Iris's mother, whose name isn't mentioned
|Mother of six children and member of a nature-based somewhat tribal community.
|Iris: The focus of the story; it is about her coming-of-age ritual.
Laurel: Iris's new lover
|Indeterminate time, seemingly primitive; probably in another dimension or another planet
|Iris's mother is preparing her daughter Iris for the ritual to make her a woman. She reflects on Iris's childhood and wonders at the new beauty in her almost-adult daughter. When the ritual begins, Iris performs her duties and her mother watches proudly. Finally Iris goes to the river to select a mate and ends up coming out of the water with another woman, who has to select for her a new name for adulthood. The mother explores her feelings on this unusual choice.
|Information, inspiration, and other notes
|This is very heavily influenced by Joan D. Vinge's short story "Mother and Child"; though the plot is not at all the same, the general mood and inspiration came from that story. This began as a poem and evolved into this.
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