People–everyone, from teachers to her foster families–always labeled Veronica as “either a challenge, a handful, difficult, or trouble” because she refused to be “typical”. This attitude of hers was not deliberate, but lessons learned from all of this rejection just made her more resolute to be herself as she grew up.
But who is she, herself? Even Veronica doesn’t really know.
Until that magical, frightening day when she cuts herself–and bleeds. For the first time in her life. Suddenly, answers are finally hers,; such as why, no matter how many coins she gives away, there are always more. Why she remembered–though did not understand completely–everything said to her in her first few months of life. Why her parents left her alone in the world.
And now, with the appearance of another like her, what she is supposed to be.
This is a very short story, only about seventeen pages long. Ms. Butland has put a lot of beauty and effort into this offering, with enough character development and detail that the reader can get caught up in the story very quickly.
I’d like to see this as a full-length book. There is definitely a lot of opportunity for stretching out the storyline into a winner of a book. But perhaps that is what the author plans. I certainly hope so!
Oh, and by the way–the last line in the story speaks to everyone, not just Veronica: “Be who you are, be proud, and share your existence with the world.” I couldn’t agree more.