Genre: Short Story/Coming of Age
“She's a banshee screaming, sugar-starved monster, and her zookeeper has left you all alone with her.
That's what's running through twenty-nine-year-old Henry Dalton's mind, when his five-year-old stepdaughter, Rebecca, enters the room and utters these fatal words. 'Where's Mommy?'
After deciding that fixing this problem-child is the key to winning his wife back, Henry comes up with the perfect recipe for turning Rebecca into the world’s little angel. Out goes the Valium and sugar-free snacks. Add a little pizza, ice cream and presto! But he soon discovers there's more than meets the eye with Rebecca. Now he'll have to remember what it's like to be a five-year-old and learn to communicate on her level.
At the center of the chaos is a sweet, little girl, who can charm the pants off him.
Which leaves him wondering if she’s an out of control banshee, or a victim screaming for help?
The child he never wanted to claim is the one who needs a Daddy the most.
A heartwarming coming of age tale about appreciating the gifts you have right in front of you.”
A freelance writer who has had her short stories published in several magazines, by day E.M. Youman works for an independent music label.
The description calls this a coming-of-age story. And it is. Not only for Rebecca, the little girl in the story, but more so for her step-father who gets a much needed lesson in being a parent, both the bad and the good. A short, good read.
Some adult situations.
No significant issues
Rating: **** Four Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 9-10,000 words