Supernovas and Chrysanthemums

This is a short story that Patrick published in the December 1971 issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Quoting the teaser: “Patrick Meadows (“A Rag, A Bone,” August 1971) returns with a refreshing story about a County Health worker whose search for a mysterious animal that has bitten a young boy turns into an unforgettable experience.”

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