TITLE: The Sea Star
GENRE: New Adult
“What’d you say?” Twelve year old Samantha Stuart whisked her shoulder length auburn hair out of her green eyes as if it were fire ants scrabbling across her forehead. She grabbed her five year old sister Kate by the shoulders. Her short, blonde bangs flickered around her cherub face from the grab. The baby blue eyes behind those bangs grew large as quarters as she stared up into her sister’s angry face.
“I said Daddy’s...”
“Don’t you ever say that to me again.” Samantha, red-faced, squeezed Kate’s shoulders.
“You’re hurting me!” Kate squinched up her mouth, in pain, and tried to wrench free. “Mommy! Samantha’s hurting me!”
May Stuart opened the screen door.
“What’s going on, now, you two?”
“Nothing.” Samantha released her sister, but with a parting pinch. She crossed her arms and glared at Kate. If her gaze had been an open hand, it would have slapped her sister off the deck steps. “Kate and I were just…talking.” She chewed the words like she had a mouth full of sugarless skittles.
“It would be great if y’all would get along at least some of the time.” Their mother, makeup free, as she had been ever since the accident and her dirty blonde hair pulled back off her forehead in a pony tail, shook her head and slammed the door behind her.
Samantha leaned forward to within inches of Kate’s face, but made sure to whisper.
“You’re a little twerp.”
Kate turned up her nose and grinned.
“You’re a big twerp.”