What Is Expected of a Wedding Host
by Ken Liu
Welcome, Curious Volunteer!
You've taken the first steps on a path that we hope will be rewarding (financially and spiritually) for you as well as the human race:
1. You'll be put through a vigorous series of tests: physical, intellectual, hormonal, and psychological. Don't worry. The tests are only designed to ensure that you'll be a suitable venue.
2. If you pass the tests, your results will be added to the directory for prospective Paru couples. We're not sure how couples ultimately decide on their host, but picking the wedding site is understandably very personal.
3. Once you've been selected, a First Contact Corps doctor will perform a simple, painless ceremony resembling a flu shot. The Paru of the First Part, no larger than the comma at the end of this phrase, will be injected first (naturally); and the Paru of the Second Part, no larger than the period at the end of this sentence, will be injected next. The actual wedding takes place inside your bloodstream while you sleep.