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Rated: 13+ · Folder · Sci-fi · #541052
"The size of your body does not reflect the magnitude of your soul."

Four different images rotate in the space above; you can refresh this page to see them all. Each appears at the top of one of the four quarters of the story as well. I wish I could say they’re my handiwork, but that credit goes to Schezar . Her Writing.Com account is largely inactive, but you can check out her artwork at https://www.deviantart.com/tinkerbelcky.

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Minneapolis resident Orion O’Reilly goes fishing in the remote wilderness of northern Minnesota, but he is the one who gets reeled in…by aliens who have more than just catch-and-release on their minds.

Orion awakens from his involuntary tranquilization and within minutes finds himself in the hands—literally—of Zarbaxa, a young Quorilaxian woman. Soaring to a height of 121 feet and resembling an anthropomorphic feline covered in black and white fur, she is about as far as an alien can get from being a little green man, which is only the first surprise among many in this story someone likened to “Gulliver’s Travels in space.” Everyone and everything in Orion’s new life seems to dwarf him to the point of complete irrelevance, but a person’s meaning and importance are not measured with a ruler.

If you’re so inclined, you can check out "Quorilax Word Search [E]. There are no spoilers, and you can learn some interesting tidbits and see some of the people, places, and things that are important to the story.

This story has a content rating of “13+”. What does that mean? In general terms, you can see what falls within a 13+ content rating by clicking on the “13+” in Quorilax’s item header, below the title at the top of the page. Specifically for this story, here is what you can expect:

Horror/Violence: Moderate There is a lot of death implied in this story, but Orion—who narrates most of the story from his perspective—does not see the vast majority of it, only hearing about it indirectly, usually with with no further detail. However, there are several instances of people or non-person animals being injured, killed, or found dead within view of Orion, and these occurrences are typically described more fully.

Touching/Sex: Mild Given the extreme size disparity between the two species, a Human can do little to nothing to resist a Quorilaxian who wants to touch or pick up a Human against the Human’s will, and some Quorilaxians take advantage of their relative power over Humans on several occasions. In most cases, the non-consensual touching or full-body grabbing is not done with sexual intentions in mind; however, there is one instance where a male Quorilaxian tears off a Human woman’s outer clothing, and it is strongly implied that more would have happened if the scene had been witnessed in its entirety. Full consensual sexual acts are referred to in passing but are not described in any detail; however, there are a couple of interactions, both intraspecies and interspecies, where female and/or male sexual arousal are mentioned, and brief touching of breasts and/or genitals occurs. Since Quorilaxians are covered in fur, they tend to have a more relaxed attitude toward nudity than Humans on Earth, although the Humans featured in the story outside of Earth are nude much of the time as well.

Harsh Language: Mild English swear words like s***, d***, and a**hole appear very sparsely, mostly during a few emotionally charged scenes. There are also some instances of what you might call hate speech, with a person lobbing what amounts to an alien racist (which is to say, “speciesist”) insult at another person at one point, while Humans are referred to by some Quorilaxians as “bugs” or “vermin” on several occasions.

The Bottom Line: This is not a very graphic story, but it is not light reading either; in fact, despite occasional moments of humor and sweetness, it’s quite heavy. Even a self-described “cruel, heartless, and bitter bastard of a man”—perhaps an exaggeration, to be fair—once said it brought a tear to his eye. Most such ocular leakage that occurs will probably be due to sadness, but hopefully some happiness-induced tears will be generated if you can make it all the way to the end.

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