I push my tongue hard against the back of my teeth. “Real coolness isn’t achieved by doing dumb shit stuff.” I spread my hands out wide in a ta-dah gesture. “All we’ll get from this night is the empty sham of pseudo popularity.”
Jade tucks her bunny slipper feet under herself, curls up on the armchair with cat-like distain. “You still came though.”
And yeah, whatever.
The Epiphany of Cool is a nihilistic satire of high school clique initiations and torch-light scary stories. It is now available in Pantheon Magazine issue #8: NYX, along with seven other stories and six poems inspired by Nyx, Goddess of the night.