[Winner of the Science Fiction Watty Awards 2012] Counting down the days until you have to kill your boyfriend is unpleasant, especially for young Cyan who was genetically engineered to be a simple projection of what the leading creature of the universe should be. He's a soldier. Nothing else. He's expected to follow the orders given by his creators without questions asked. But after he makes the threatening decision to save his boyfriend instead of killing him like it had been planned a year ago, he begins to find out things about himself and the people around him that begs the question . . . what is the truth?