is about a teenage girl who becomes so obsessed with her appearance that she uses it to her advantage and picks up boys at restaurants behind her parents’ back. One particular day, a man in the parking lot notices her, then comes to her house a few days later, proclaiming that she is his lover. In the teenager’s attempts to get help, he stabs her repeatedly, forces her into his car while complimenting her, and drives off with her.
The structure of the short stories are both very vague; however, each story does set up a quick background story about each protagonist within the first couple of paragraphs. While there is no set or definite introduction to the stories, there are conclusions that are pretty basic: both protagonists end up in a situation that either causes them death or injury. The structures are otherwise linear, as the stories are told from beginning to end. Neither story sidetracks from the concrete plot, nor do they explore other ideas or thoughts as the protagonists experience different things. There are seldom flashbacks or any other device that is used to pull the story from its beginning-to-end track.
The developing of the two plots are very similar to each other. Each story starts off with certain expectations or ideas that have been set down by the protagonists. The grandmother is concerned with going elsewhere on vacation, and Connie is preoccupied with her appearance. Each of these aspects bring about positive events for both of the characters, yet they gradually, throughout the story, develop into horrific situations. The grandmother becomes excited about recognizing a plantation that she had visited in the past, only to end up murdered by the person that she had used as a reason for the family to go elsewhere for their vacation. Connie uses her appearance to hook up with boys at a burger restaurant, which results in her being physically harmed and taken by an older man, a stranger, who claims that she is his lover. Both short story