Murray Leinster's "The Trans-Human" (short story, war): Loneliness does strange things to a teenager
Story summary.Human colonization of galaxy has brought them in conflict with Khasr, spider-like aliens. Khasr had destroyed a lot of human colony worlds before humans suspected aliens' existence. Then the war began.
The story is of Johnny, a 2 year old baby boy kidnapped by Khasr before they destroyed his world. He's fed carefully chosen propaganda & grows up thinking he's a mutilated Khasr, mutilated by violent human action. Aliens will deploy him on a suicide mission to destroy earth when he's 14.
Only, he's naive at subterfuge & is quickly caught near earth. And then come his hormonal reactions on his first ever landing on earth, physical contact with a girl, living with a family, ...
Meanwhile, humans will use Khasr weapon on aliens themselves.
Fact sheet.First published: Science-Fiction Plus, December 1953.
Related: Stories of Murray Leinster (an annotated selection of his "good" works).