I love so much those moments in a story that just make me wriggle inwardly with glee for how they reveal a character or a place or a society:
Dealing with the aunts had actually been less difficult than she had expected. They had told her off for not staying home and doing her homework, but it was a half-hearted telling off. The aunts knew they had forfeited the moral high ground by trying to eat her classmate. Ah Lee had listened without saying a word to their unconvinced lectures as they flew home.
I’ve been enjoying Zen Cho’s work in fandom since long before she began publishing original work. “The House of Aunts” (from her collection Spirits Abroad) is one of my favorite examples of her work. It’s so alive to the reader’s pleasure, with an underlying optimism that can survive even inconvenient realities like death and vampirism and school.