A nice clear title, explaining the conceit of the story. The story is online here.
It’s a tight little story by Yoachim, featuring a husband and wife who have lost their baby due to a terraforming sporefall sent in advance of their arrival by aliens. His sister is a negotiator with the aliens, and a friend of his comes to help out with this wife whose Denial heartbreakingly starts the story.
We then go through Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.
It’s a clever way to construct a story, and the characters are well-drawn, and I’m putting Yoachim’s story into the running for the .