In this YA paranormal romance short story of about 13,000 words, teenager Gail Emerson is about to graduate from high school–but where will she go from there? If her boyfriend Darryl has his way, she’ll follow him to college in California. But part of her thinks she should stay in North Carolina for the sake of the lonely little girl she babysits, who is struggling with the loss of her mother and her grieving father’s remoteness. Things get even more complicated when a cute college guy named Jim comes into Gail’s life on a quest for a mysterious butterfly phenomenon.
On the magical night of the Beltane Dance, when the veil between the natural and supernatural worlds is lifted, Gail teams up with Jim to confront a crisis—and discovers that when love and magic intertwine, making the biggest decisions can actually be as simple as the flutter of a butterfly’s wings.
This is the kind of short story I love. It’s got everything you could want. Love, loss, and a little magic. The characters are strongly developed and the story is beautiful.
Gail is a girl with a decision to make. Deep down she knows what she wants, but it’s a matter of deciding for herself and not listening to outside influences. She has a boyfriend who is pretty self adsorbed and doesn’t understand her attachment to Joy the little girl she babysits.
Joy is a little girl who has suffered the loss of her Mother. Her father is barley there in his inability to cope and when she disappears on Beltane night the magic that transpires is incredible.
Jim is new in town. He’s the cute nerdy guy that you can’t help but love. He is in search of a local legend and looking for clues meets Gail and Joy.
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