TITLE: La Belle Mort
GENRE: Alternate History / Paranormal Romance
"Simone," René shouted to his daughter. "It's time to go."
"Coming Papa," Simone answered from the barn. She was excited about going into the village. It had been months since she ventured off their little farm.
"We have a lot to do today, daughter," René yelled, a little impatiently.
Simone ran from the barn, gracefully clearing the fence with her long stride. René cringed. He could see his little girl wrapped up in the wire fence, tumbling headlong into the mud, arms and legs splayed in all directions. But she bounded over the low fence like a gazelle. She was no longer the clumsy little girl of last fall - or even a few months ago.
In the fall of 1943 Simone Saint-Claire was just beginning her life. She was seventeen, and in spite of her natural tendencies as a tomboy, had blossomed into a ravishingly beautiful young woman.
"Simone," René chided his daughter. "You can't go to market like that. Go put on a dress."
"None of my old dresses fit, Papa," she countered. Not that she wanted to wear them anyway. She was more comfortable in her brother's pants and shirt.
René indulged her, as in everything else. Over the summer he had let her do as she pleased, wear what she wanted. He didn't know anything of women's fashion, and at work on the farm the sturdy pants were, as his daughter argued, more functional.