Monday, October 01, 2018

Bait Girl - Or How I Ended Up with a Short Story That Reflected the News Cycle

I wrote this story a few years ago with a different plan for how it was going to go out into the world. As a writer my job is often to write what I know, and to imagine variations of that. I attended a fancy prep school in Bethesda. I was not much of a party person but I went to school Monday (and the other weekdays) with folks in the days before social media. I've been saving up stories, particularly shorts that I had written, with a plan to do something with them, eventually. 
Well, the news cycle caught up to this one when a woman, who turned out to have attended the same high school I did, became the center of a media storm. 
I have made a donation to RAINN, and if this story makes additional monies, I will donate those as well.  This was the story I needed to tell. 

Bait Girl - By day Lucy is just a normal student trying to get through her final year of high school and figure out what's next. 
By night, Lucy dons her party girl persona Zoe, gathering info and intervening to help other girls who might be in trouble. She's the bait girl. It's amazing how some eyeliner and some giggles make you blend in. 
Well, to everyone except this one boy. Will Lucy let him distract her from her mission?

Content warning: This story contains descriptions of drunken partying, and references to off page assault. It also contains a reference to an off page death due to depression. 
Please take care of yourself. I hope this story leaves you feeling empowered but if it triggers you please stop. I can recommend stories with puppies for you instead. 

If you need help, RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), is available in the US by phone - 800.656.HOPE (4673) and online at

The suicide prevention lifeline is available in the US by phone:  1-800-273-TALK (8255) and they have chat available at

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