Coffee with John Leet

#amwriting Savage Children

If you had the opportunity to change the world, would you?

You wouldn’t think so by looking at her, but the little girl swinging her legs back and forth over the edge of the chair started a war.

Meet Bianca, her friends call her Bee. She’s short for her age, but don’t let that fool you, she will fight if cornered and her sting is sharp.
Bounced from foster home to foster home she always seems to attract trouble, or is trouble attracting her? Running away from home is just the start of her adventure. Homeless, hungry, she finds a family of sorts living in a pipe on the streets of California, but when a predator threatens to destroy their self-made paradise the Pipe Kids are forced to retaliate. Bee decides that life is not just about the mundane routine of survival and makes a bold decision to take on the problem with every nuance of her being. She has memories, though, things that happened and didn’t happen. Half-dreams, like the kaleidoscopic wings of the monarch butterfly, parts of her psyche that remain hidden even from herself.

Nature unveils the blushing spring
Come from thy lurking place, and know, 
‘Tis not for thee her beauties glow.
~  The Bee and the Butterfly, Mary Darby Robinson 

Part coming of age, part social commentary, part exposé on the activities of government agencies told through metaphor. When you don’t let your circumstances define you, you are capable of incredible things, or dangerous things.

Savage Children reflects a microcosm of the complex conditions prevalent in our society today.