Dear friends of the unreal —
Here is a snippet from the collection….
Conceal the Evidence
My Barbies have no fingers and no hair, the first one said. I cut them off.
That’s nothing said the other. I made a voodoo doll of this boy I hated in 4th grade. But first I went to the library, I did the research and then I got two friends, and we collected the necessary materials – hair from his parka, blood from a Band-Aid, fingernail clippings I forget how, and we went into the teacher’s bathroom and stuck the doll. It didn’t work, but I remember the recipe just in case. You never know.
Don’t ever make HER mad said the first one.
I was sick said the second.
But you knew how to hide the truth, I said.
We agreed: that is what counts
(Copyright, Stephanie Barbe Hammer, 07/15/2012)