The Different Girl

By Gordon Dahlquist

Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. 4 differently exact ladies who spend their days in sync, tasked to benefit. but if may well, a really various form of girl—the lone survivor of a up to date shipwreck—suddenly and mysteriously arrives at the island, an unsettling replicate is ready to be held as much as the lifestyles the ladies have by no means earlier than questioned.

Sly and unsettling, Gordon Dahlquist’s undying and evocative storytelling blurs the traces among modern and sci-fi with a narrative that's absolute to linger in readers’ minds lengthy after the ultimate web page has been became.

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What plank? ” “In the grass. lower than the sand. the only you came across. ” “Found whilst? ” “After the typhoon. ” Caroline started to blink. “When? ” “You chanced on it at the seashore and Robbert took it to bury. He advised you to not inform. It had 3 holes in it. ” “Bullet holes,” whispered might, who used to be listening. “What? ” I requested. She hadn’t acknowledged whatever in regards to the holes earlier than. “What is bullet? ” may perhaps snorted and shook her head. “Bloody hell . . . ” yet Caroline simply stood there, eyes fluttering like moth wings at a window. “I don’t take into accout. ” “You need to take into accout. You advised me the place to appear. ” “Then how am i able to now not consider? ” “Because of him,” whispered may well. “Was it a dream? ” Caroline requested me. “Did I fail to remember as a result of that? ” “Didn’t you might have a dream? ” This was once Isobel. She had come close to with Eleanor. “When you had difficulty with sand, Veronika? Is it whatever you bear in mind? ” “I did have a dream, yet that was once varied. ” “It’s no longer a dream,” stated may possibly. “I observed it, too. ” “Maybe you either dreamed together,” Isobel urged. “That’s stupid,” stated may well. “Caroline informed us. She instructed Veronika. He did whatever. ” She pointed to the school room. “He took her in there and he took it away. None of you recognize what’s actual. you simply be aware of what they let you know! ” Irene driven open the monitor. A lock of her hair had fallen free, a depressing line dropped throughout one eye. She observed us status jointly and clapped her fingers. “What is that this? again to paintings! I don’t understand what’s come over you women! ” We moved quickly aside to discover extra insects, with the exception of might, who stayed. Irene observed that she hadn’t moved and frowned. She waved for may well to come back over. while could reached the porch Irene positioned a hand on each one of May’s shoulders and whispered whatever none folks may perhaps listen. Then the 2 of them went within. After our nap may possibly wasn’t there. Robbert woke us, which wasn’t basic. rather than going wherever, even to the kitchen, he stated we should always have a conversation. “Where is Irene? ” requested Eleanor. “That’s a part of the talk,” Robbert spoke back. “Irene is seeking may well. ” “Is may perhaps misplaced? ” My voice was once loud. “Did she fall off the cliff? Did she pass within the water? ” Robbert held out his palms. “No—no, it’s not anything like that. not anything has occurred to might. not anything goes to ensue to her. ” “Then the place is she? ” I requested. “She’s . . . she’s hiding. ” “Why? ” This was once Caroline. “Why does she have to disguise? will we have to conceal, too? ” “No one must hide,” stated Robbert, getting sharp. “Everyone is ok. may well is disillusioned. She’s nonetheless unhappy, concerning the typhoon, approximately every little thing she misplaced. She’s going to be unhappy for a very long time, regardless of how great we're to her. She’s going to be unhappy and indignant. ” “May is angry,” stated Eleanor. “More than somebody. ” “And whilst she’s offended, it isn’t your fault. Or anyone’s fault. And deep within may possibly understands that. That’s a part of the explanation she’s long gone, to be by way of herself for your time. It’s most likely the easiest factor for everybody. ” “Then the place is Irene? ” requested Isobel. “Irene is making an attempt to discover her—” “But why? If hiding is the easiest thing—” “Because—to make sure—so we all know the place she is, simply in case. simply to understand that she’s ok.

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