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"Dosinia," I whisper, as if I have to explain. "She always outshines me. Always steals everyone's attention."
"Even Quince's," Doe says casually.
I jerk up to look at her.
I hadn't thought we were talking along enough for Doe to hear.
Her admirers gone, Doe's focus is back on the sketch below her. But her mouth, her perfectly pouty, overglossed mouth, is pulled into a smirk on one side.
"You do not," I say, my voice low and hard, "have Quince's attention."
Slowly, very slowly, she lifts her gaze from the paper until she's looking at me through her thick mascara-blackened lashed. For half a second she just holds my gaze with a piercing blue stare.
"I will by the time you get back."
~From Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs
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