You Have the Prettiest Mask

The summer before plague masks took over the Chaunce School for Girls, my whole world kind of gasped. Everything suddenly got really slow and nervous. It was that moment that happens right before the scream. The world in general, and not just my world, was a dumpster fire. You couldn’t tune into a stream without […]

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