PC033: The Girl With the Sun In Her Head


By Jeremiah Tolbert
Read by Ann Leckie.
Introduction by Mary Robinette Kowal.
First appeared in Polyphony 4, 2004.

“Emelia’s home is in a city where only children are allowed to draw graffiti on the crumbling walls. The old bricks and stones are covered in crude pictographs and stick figures, smoking chimney houses and bicycles with four wheels and two seats. Chalk is a penny a piece, any color to be had. A little old lady with gnarled fingers and crooked eyes sells the sticks out of cigar boxes on street corners, even in the rain.”

Rated PG for child endangerment. Contains chalk graffiti drawn under the sun’s blazing eye.

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