"Child of the Heart" appeared in the third Darkover anthology, FREE AMAZONS OF DARKOVER. It was published in 1985, which means I wrote the story in 1984. There were quite a few people who complained to Marion about the rule that required the male children of a Free Amazon to be fostered away from the Guild House by the age of five. All of the arguments I heard, however, were from the point of view of the mother. I appeared to be the only one who wondered how the child would feel about it, which is what gave me the idea for this story.
"Child of the Heart" is available for Kindle and Nook.