By Jay Lake.
Read by Stephen Eley.
First appeared in 3SF Magazine, October 2002.
That spring in math class, after we’d all kind of got back to normal about the Challenger blowing up, we were studying angles. Because I do good in class, Mrs. Doornie gave me a protractor to work with, and I used it to measure the angle of my dreams. That’s when I figured exactly how steep a hill needed to be for me to fly in real life.
Rated PG for corporal punishment and death of family members.