There's a strong flavor of body horror
pervading this fic, as M'gann struggles to inhabit her human form: too many fingers, bones not shaped the right way, a center of gravity that always feels off. To her, in its own way, the human body is as alien as her natural martian body is to us
. Yet describing this fic simply as body horror would be selling it short. The real meat of the drama is psychological. M'gann's discomfort with the human form is a reflection of her own inner struggle with her monstrous-looking White Martian body
and with what really counts towards humanity. The fic's climax works perfectly, bringing together both threads.