"Conjure" - A Short Story by Alice Hoffman 2014 - 15 Pages - available in the Kindle Unlimited Program
"Abbey began reading on the way home from the library, acting out all the parts. She concentrated so deeply on the words on the page that she stumbled over shifts in the concrete sidewalk. “You live in books.” Cate grinned. “I would if I could,” Abbey admitted. “What’s the good of that?” Cate sighed, for she yearned for real life. She wanted adventure, one-of-a-kind experiences. She was suddenly beautiful and there were teenage boys who followed her around town, just as suddenly in love with her, though they were still too young to say so. She confided that her plan was to leave town after high school graduation, find her way to California, see every bit of the coast." From "Conjure"
Like the prior short stories by Alice Hoffman I have read "Conjure" was a marvellous work, capturing the futures of two young women, both once best friends, whose paths radically divert.
There is a rumour in their small hometown that an angel has descended from above.
The girls encounter what seems to be an angel,perhaps with very evil intentions.
I really enjoyed the long time frame flash at the close.