I remember reading a short story (or novella?) that had a girl who was raised by some terrible relatives because her father went missing. She was befriended by an alien who was stranded on Earth and made a device for her that protected her from rape.

When the alien tried to go home, he ended up inadvertently traveling into the past and ended up dying in Italy, leaving her a large inheritance.

I seem to remember a color being a part of the title. I think the alien was enamored with a color found on Earth that wasn’t common where he was from.

I think I read the story in a collection in the mid-1990s.

  • Hi there. Roughly when would this have been published? You might want to edit that in, as well as any other memory that this guide on story-id questions could remind you of. Cheers!
    – Jenayah
    Commented Aug 18, 2019 at 20:59
  • Thank you. I will try to add more details. Commented Aug 18, 2019 at 21:14

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I found my answer on this. I couldn't get this question out of my head because I wanted to share this story with my girlfriend. I googled for every short story collection and looked for titles with a color in them until I found it, "Perpetuity Blues" by Neal Barrett, Jr:


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