“When someone in the desert asks for water, you give it to them. There weren’t many rules in the desert, but that was one of them.”
Good use of Arizona native and desert history and lore to add depth to this short story, a 2017 Hugo Awards finalist for novelettes. Another story with a mature–very mature–female protagonist. There must be a special on them this year. (They’re special every year.)
“There’d been a time, when she was young and immortal, when [redacted] she could have danced in the track that they left in the sand. She felt old and mortal now.”
Excellent slow slide from the mundane into the supernatural.
“‘I ain’t dying yet,’ and that may or may not have been a lie. She wasn’t quite sure.”