A Novella

Signs

Written by Cadance Bell
Illustrated by Mila Jones

An autistic teenager and her father navigate two months of 2020.

No Stopping.
Girl leans forward. Twists her head under the windshield, looks up to the red rectangle. She takes off her seatbelt. She places her arms across the dashboard, feels the warm skin of the fake leather upon the silk of her teenage forearms. The haze-muted summer sun pelts her squinting gawk. She closes an eye.
There.
A holographic shimmer. It skitters across the sign, revealing a matrixed pattern for a rainbow to weave upon. An arrow at the bottom of the sign points back towards the defiant car.
Dad appears.

Created as part 2020 Visions for the Mudgee Reader’s Festival, the short novella Signs is available online now for free.

We may not be able to deliver a festival to you this year, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still share stories. 2020 Visions is a series of e-zines: four short works by regional writers living through these unsettling times, brought to life with illustrations by four talented artists.

– Mudgee Reader’s Festival

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A Novella

Signs