Sidewalk Games, by Gwendolyn Kiste
Astrid levitated off the sidewalk. She did it just because she could. The knotted pigtails and sweaty buzz cuts that mocked her during the school year never mocked the trick. In the hot summer sun, they nudged each other and pretended they knew the secret too.
None of them did. None except Astrid.
Mrs. Miller from next door rushed toward them.
“It’s the devil’s work,” she said and corralled the other children.
But Astrid just smiled and kept floating. Right through to suppertime, she hovered above the rest of the kids who kicked the ground and pretended they didn’t care.
Gwendolyn Kiste is a horror and fantasy writer based in Pennsylvania. Her fiction has appeared in anthologies including Strangely Funny II and Whispers from the Past: Fright and Fear as well as online at Sirens Call Publications, Danse Macabre, and Sanitarium Magazine among others. You can find her at www.gwendolynkiste.com and on Twitter (@GwendolynKiste).