Now this is something special! If you’ve read and loved Shaun David Hutchinson’s We are the Ants as many have (And if you haven’t, you still have a couple days left to read an extended excerpt here on Riveted), we’ve got an exclusive new short story for you from Shaun set in the same world!

To set the stage: in We are the Ants, Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button. (How’s THAT for a premise?  If you haven’t read this yet, you want to now right?!)

Now, in Shaun David Hutchinson’s new short story, What We Pretend to Be, fans can glimpse some of the impossible decisions other characters have faced at the hands of the aliens, and even see Henry’s very first abduction . . .

Read on and let us know what you think in the comments!