Email this sample to a friend


by Melissa Yuan-Innes

Published by Olo Books

Smashwords Edition

Copyright 2011 by Melissa Yuan-Innes

Mom, do I have to go?”

“To the party by the richest woman in town?” My mother bunched her fists on her turquoise and silver spandex hips. She was the perfect, skinny ’80s aerobics instructor, right down to the frosted pink lipstick sneer. “Ashley, get in the car. Mrs. Marigold’ll have plenty of Hallowe’en treats.”

I turned to my stooped-shouldered dad. He smoothed my hair. “What is it, Ashley-bee?”

My eyes filled with tears. “I don’t want to go.”

Mom stared. “Ashley, honey, you insult her if you don’t go. You don’t want to do that, do you?”

She won’t care.”

Darling, only six kids in the whole town were invited. Six lucky five to ten-year-olds.” She paused. “Good thing you’re only nine.”

I burst out, “Can’t I just stay home and give out candy?”

You mean eat it.” She laughed and crouched beside me. “Darling, your dad and I have to go to our party, and you have to go to yours. We can’t leave you alone.”

Previous Page Next Page Page 1 of 20