Eye For Eye
by Orson Scott Card
Eye for Eye was published in 1990 as a Tor double novel, along with "Tunesmith"
by Lloyd Biggle, Jr. It is currently out of print, although it is available as an audiobook.
. . . continued from issue 17 . . .
Except that along about six o'clock in the evening I woke up and the car was stopping and I
didn't know where I was, I must have slept all day, and the guy says to me, "Here you are, Eden,
And I about messed my pants. "Eden!" I says.
"It wasn't far out of my way," he says. "I'm heading for Burlington, and these country roads are
nicer than the freeway, anyway. Don't mind if I never drive I-85 again, to tell the truth."
But that was the very guy who told me he had business in D.C., he was heading there from
Bristol, had to see somebody from a government agency, and here he was in Eden. It made no
sense at all, except for what that woman told me. Somebody was calling me, and if I wouldn't
come, they'd just put me to sleep and call whoever was driving. And there I was. Eden, North
Carolina. Scared to death, or at least scared a little, but also thinking, if what she said was true,
my folks was coming, I was going to meet my folks.
Nothing much changed in the two years since I ran off from the orphanage. Nothing much ever
changes in Eden, which isn't a real town anyway, just cobbled together from three little villages
that combined to save money on city services. People still mostly think of them as three
villages. There wasn't nobody who'd get too excited about seeing me, and there wasn't nobody
I wanted to see. Nobody living, anyway. I had no idea how my folks might find me, or how I
might find them, but in the meantime I went to see about the only people I ever much cared
about. Hoping that they wouldn't rise up out of the grave to get even with me for killing them.