“In Her Shadow”
A short story featured in Devious Ingenues
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To the world, Carolyn Rodgers appeared to be a rising star. Winner of several prestigious pageants, she seemed a natural choice for Ingenue Magazine’s annual contest to discover Montgomery Studios’ next Hollywood star.
Only she was not Carolyn Rodgers.
Born Margaret Keats, Carolyn assumed a false identity after the disappearance of her sister, Elizabeth, who had entered the same competition the year prior. After a series of peculiar accidents, Elizabeth had vanished, without a trace, the night before the winner was selected.
Faced with law enforcements’ apathy, and determined to learn the truth of her sister’s disappearance, Carolyn infiltrates the competition, keeping her true identity hidden behind a web of elaborate lies. No one is above suspicion, but top of Margaret’s suspect list are studio executives, who are rumored to secretly help their favorites, and Myrna Moran, the aloof beauty who claimed her sister’s coveted prize.