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I stood with my back against the doorframe while Miss Priddy held the
yardstick to it.
“You’ve grown again,” Miss Priddy said. “You need new uniforms.”
She really hadn’t needed to measure me to see that my skirt was too short and
my wrists stuck out of my sleeves, but the woman was a stickler. Priddy had been
headmistress at a girls’ school long ago, before America had dissolved into ve
countries. She resented being a house manager for the Grigori Rasputin School
in San Diego, which not only didn’t belong to her but was also mostly run by
Russians—who, by the way, are hell on uniforms.
Students at the Grigori Rasputin School wear navy blue and yellow. I think
it’s so the general population can get away from us quickly in public, in case we
try to practice magic, even the ones like me who aren’t really supposed to have it.
I stepped away from the doorframe and waited. I wasn’t going to apologize to
Priddy for having grown. The old woman glared at me, the lines around her
mouth deepening as she scowled.
I couldn’t help growing now that Father had been dead for two years.
Father—Oleg Karkarov, a fair-skinned Russian—had decided I’d be safer in
the slums of Ciudad Juárez if I was small and grubby and brown,
indistinguishable from any other Mexican urchin. Or maybe both Father and my
uncle were dismayed at the idea of coping with a maturing girl. Or both.
So my father spelled me to stay little. It was a clever spell, and it didn’t have to
be as potent since I never had enough food.
Since Father been killed, I’d grown—very slowly at rst. When my half sister
Lizbeth and her partner, Eli, had found me living with my uncle, they’d thought
they were rescuing a skinny eleven-year-old. When I’d arrived in the Holy
Russian Empire (formerly known as California and Oregon) with Eli, I’d looked
that age or younger. I’d been placed in the lowest grade, naturally. Though I’d
been insulted, that mistake had given me time to acclimate.
Now that I’d been attending the school for well more than a year, getting
regular meals and rest and no doses of magic, my body had begun making up for
lost time. I was beginning to have breasts. My hair was not dusty black anymore
but dark brown. And my skin had grown several shades lighter since I spent so
much time indoors.
Miss Priddy didn’t like me or my skin, and she wasn’t moving to help me.
“I do truly need new uniforms. I don’t want to embarrass the school,” I said.
That should jolt her into action.
With great reluctance, Priddy turned away to rummage through the neatly
stacked shelves, her hard white ngers ipping through the folded garments. She
turned to hand me two bundles, each containing a skirt, a blouse, and a sweater.
One of the blouses had a large faint stain on the front. The skirt in the other
stack had a botched hem.
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