Girl-Shaped Shadows - A Short Story by Tara McTiernan
Approx. 4,120 words.
Published on January 7, 2012.
Eleven-year old Isobel and her aunt, Marmalee, do everything they can to avoid the sunlight – fearful of skin cancer and suntans – yet they find themselves unavoidably drawn to the beach near their home one sunny June day by the very people they abhor most: the Normals. The lure? The Mrs. Johnson, Marmalee’s new love-interest. The problem? Isobel’s nemesis: Mrs. Johnson’s daughter Chloe.