TITLE: The Girl Who Yeeted Fire
GENRE: YA Contemporary Fantasy
Edgeweiss sat alone in the darkness of her room, as she would any other Friday night. Heels on the chair’s seat, legs hugged to her chest, hands on her mouse and keyboard. The desk space behind her laptop held only a stack of textbooks she’d soon start using.
She hummed a song, with cadence that drifted like falling snow. Several stanzas in, she let go of her mouse and stuck a finger out, and a little crow perched upon it. It listened as Edgeweiss hummed.
“You’re always in here,” spoke the little bird. Its voice was airy like hers.
“Is that so?” Edgeweiss said.
“There is a festival at the park tonight. Will you go with me?”
Edgeweiss shrugged, shoulders barely scraping her chin-length hair.
The crow eyed her laundry basket in the corner, inside which a pile of pajamas and underwear accumulated. It was summer break, and she hadn’t reason to leave the house in days.
“You need to talk to people more,” the bird said.
“I do talk.”
“You message strangers on the internet, and that is not the same,” spoke the bird. Its voice was solemn like hers.
“There, I’m my words and nothing more. No one’s bothered by my tone. No one watches my expressions. They don’t judge me by such subjective things; they don’t care who I am. I fit in.”
Edgeweiss curled her finger in toward her chest. The little bird balanced atop, its beady eyes reflecting only the glow of the laptop screen.