Emmy Nicklin lives in Annapolis by way of New York, Key West, and Virginia. She has written for a number of publications, including Key West Magazine and The Piedmont Virginian Magazine, as well as for various environmental organizations.
When Bessa is nine her hair turns gray. Well, to be fair, it is more silver than gray. Some blame it on the abnormally high tides, others on the dismal blue crab harvest of that year, but most claim it is the island itself that has turned her hair that vibrant, glinting shade—that it has done so as it slowly slips into the warm, milky waters of the Chesapeake. You see, the island is sinking.