I have been working on a short story collection on and off for years. It's called Helen, hidden in shadow. I think of it as a life mosaic. One of those stories has been published in Chantwood Magazine and I have a soft spot for little Helen. The story is called, The Little Pirate and this pearl's grain of sand was a real little boy who lived here on Cortes and dressed like a pirate for months when he was four or five years old. There is a line in the story when Helen asks, "Do you know why this coat is so fancy?" in reference to her blue velvet jacket.
The real little pirate asked me that same question and his answer was this: "Because it's from Value Village!" I'll always like that answer better.
I hope you enjoy the story.
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