“Air Tears” by Damon Shaw from The Touch of the Sea (Lethe Press, 2012). Edited by Steve Berman.

This next story is very short. I’m guessing it’s only about 1,500 words, not exactly a vignette, but very brief. Short as it was, it did an excellent job of describing what it would be like to be suddenly transformed into a creature of the sea. The unnamed narrator finds he is unable to leave the water and return to the life he’s always known. I especially love that a kiss was the catalyst for his change, turning him from a “prince” into a frog, or a seal, or whatever it is that he has become. And of course it’s also a terrific analogy both for realizing one is gay and for what it’s like to fall head over heels in love. Very nicely done.