February 12

february 12It is Halloween. I am a princess and my son Danny is a ghost. I carry his orange pumpkin bucket around and wear a tiara on my head. Danny isn’t saying anything but that’s because ghosts don’t talk. I collect pink Kit Kats from Mrs. Levinger and lollipops from Mr. Cruz. I ask Danny if he wants anything but he’s too good at being a ghost. When Mrs. Rachel, Danny’s violin teacher, sees me at the door, she takes me in an embrace. She doesn’t see him in his costume. She only sees the headlines—missing boy—on the news.


Erinn Pascal holds a BFA in Writing, Literature & Publishing from Emerson College. She is currently an editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster, where she works in the children’s licensing and middle grade department.

Photographer: Bill Rogers

4 Responses to “February 12”

  1. Shanda Cooper says:

    WOW!!!! I was not expecting that ending. Great piece thanks for sharing.

  2. Ben says:

    ohhh so creepy I LOVE IT

  3. Caroline says:

    This is beautiful.

  4. Dr Oats says:

    it was so scary i soiled myself

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