"The Skinny Girls" Chipped periwinkle painted toes Line up perfectly behind the laminated pebble marking that reads five feet. The water will be ice cold, this I know, but it cannot sting worse than the questions the skinny girls ask me about my pale skin and one-piece suit, or the bruises and bug-bites on my legs, like I could possibly have an answer that will satisfy them. Yes, I want to swim like the other kids, especially to escape today’s eighty-degrees. Mostly, though, I ache to hide this chubby, freckled body that offends the skinny girls. The skinny girls went shopping for two piece swimsuits together. The skinny girls like how their ribs poke out underneath their purple sequined string tops. The skinny girls were tan before school let out for summer break. Summer break, my personal Hell. Maybe that’s why it’s so hot here.
Catherine Mlynski is in the second part of her junior year as an English major here at Radford. From the time she could read, she spent hours memorizing her favorite stories and poems. She has read so much of other writer’s work, she feel that now it is time for her to create some of her own.