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Monday, September 2, 2013

"Lost Girls" by Jane Yolen from Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast

First appeared in Twelve Impossible Things Before Breakfast.  Reprinted in Realms of Fantasy.  This won a Nebula award.

Darla isn't crazy about J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan because she doesn't like how Wendy did the housework while Peter and the boys fought Captain Hook.  In a dream or transported while asleep Darla encounters Peter himself where she's made into a Wendy, for he cannot be bothered to learn other girl names.  The Wendys clean while the boys fight pirates and eat more food.  Darla, the daughter of a labor lawyer, proposes the girls go on strike.  After much wrangling, they do.  Only Peter is all too happy to let the Wendys go, for new ones will come their way; and the girls are all too quickly captured.  But pirates aren't what they were made out to be.

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