Toasted Cake 1: Pageant Girls by Caroline M. Yoachim
Episode #1! In which we explore the sordid world of beauty pageants.
Kat holds my hand and pulls me across the street. Living kids ain't supposed to cross the street by themselves, and I got appearances to keep up.
(Originally published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine.)
Caroline M. Yoachim is a writer and photographer living in Seattle, Washington. She's a graduate of the Clarion West Writer's Workshop, and her fiction has appeared in Asimov's, Fantasy Magazine, and Daily Science Fiction, among other places. Her novelette "Stone Wall Truth" was nominated for a nebula award last year and has since been reprinted in Chinese and Czech.