GENRE: MG Fantasy
Hannah stood in the driveway, her face hot as tears dripped down her cheeks. It was four in the morning, dark except for the flickering orange light of a few streetlamps. The suburban lane was empty and still, and the only sounds were the chirping of distant crickets and Hannah's own broken sobs.
"I don't want you to go," Hannah said.
Mom crouched down in front of her so that their faces were level. She pushed back Hannah's messy hair and smoothed the purple pajamas that covered her small, six-year-old frame.
"I know, sweetie," she said. "But we'll still talk to each other on the phone. And you'll visit me every summer."
"Can't I--" Hannah hiccuped. "Can't I go with you?"
Mom's eyes darted to where Dad waited a respectful distance away. "When you're older, maybe you can come live with me. Okay?"
Hannah sniffed and wiped her eyes in response.
The airport taxi pulled up in the driveway, its bright headlights making Hannah flinch away. Her gaze fell on the garage door, where the light cast an elongated shadow of her own body. Next to it, Mom's
shadow looked weird. It was shorter than Hannah's, and her legs were doubled so that there seemed to be four of them. Her head had two points, like cat ears, and there was a strange, flickering second
shadow behind the first, almost like a tail flicking back and forth.