by: Sequoia Nagamatsu
Published in: Lightspeed Magazine 56
Publication date: 01/2015
Description, by Lois Tilton [Locus]: "An ingenious use of Japanese folklore, specifically the figure of the kappa, a being with a hollow at the top of its head, filled with water said to have magical properties. Yoko once befriended a kappa, Masa, but when she let the Mean Girls at school know about the water, they set up a corporation to exploit them. Now bottled Headwater is a thriving business, but it’s too late for the kappas, in chains..... A story of betrayal and regret..... "