By Kate Everson
Copyright 2012 Kate Everson
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Jessica always wanted to be a boy.
She was tall enough, and her legs were strong from walking every day in the woods. She liked to climb trees and sit there with her long legs dangling, dreaming of what she would do if she only had the power.
“If I were a boy, I could do anything,” she thought. “I could go anywhere and nobody would stop me.”
She imagined hitch-hiking across the country, from sea to shining sea, with nothing but a backpack and a few dollars in her pocket. For a boy, it was not impossible. For a girl, not a chance.
“Mom would never let me, for one thing,” she mused. “She would be horrified.”
It was true. Jessica’s mother was always careful to make sure her little girl was well protected. A bit too protected, Jessica thought.
“She doesn’t even let me go out at night,” she grumbled to herself.
It wasn’t all that bad being a girl, but sometimes Jessica felt this overpowering urge to just put on some boy’s clothes and take off. Go anywhere in the world. Find her own way. Leave her prison behind.
“Nobody would bother me,” she thought. “I would be free.”
Little by little, Jessica began accumulating bits and pieces of boys’ clothes. A baseball cap, a pair of rugged boots, some jeans that had a rip in the knee, and even a hoodie that pulled right up over her tousled brown hair. That would do the trick.