400 short stories: story 302

story: “Girls, At Play”

author: Celeste Ng

year: 2010

where: It is almost 6PM, but it feels like mid-afternoon.

note: First-person plural story. One part of this story feels like the scene in Clueless with Cher gives Brittany Murphy a makeover.

a line: “Don’t tell anyone if you hate it, if his tongue feels like a dead fish in your mouth, if his hands leave snail-trails of sweat down your sides.”

theme(s): Cliques, loss of innocence, high school


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