A woman whose family seems cursed by miscarriage and birth defects has a child of her own, who seems possessed by an especially rambunctious and even violent nature.

This story has an almost fairy tale quality to it; the child Orez seems fantastical, almost imp-like. It may be the second-saddest story in the collection, with its conclusion leaving the child’s parents as isolated as ever while Orez himself is finally able to connect with his peers.