Langley Gothel protests the existence of creations such as Zel, but when faced with losing her, he sees the truth: Life is precious, whether born, modified, or shaped in a Petri dish. He does the one thing he's thought he'd never do. He has to give up Zel, or become a mod. But will that be enough to get them down from the floating islands and safely to ground?
This story has been revised and expanded from its first edition.
This story was previously available in the Once Upon a Fairytale boxset
Braided Silk is the second standalone story in the Future Tales series. For more in this world, see Jaq's Harp