Varytale

Interactive Books

 
Varytale Interactive Books
Varytale V Logo

Welcome to Varytale! You can read any of our interactive books on this site.

As you read, we'll keep a bookmark to track your progress. If you log in with Facebook, we can keep your bookmarks from visit to visit. If you don't, then your bookmarks will disappear when you leave the site. So it is a good idea to log in with Facebook.

or Begin Reading »
Log In with Facebook Now

Bee

A story about work and spelling

Emily Short

Sooner or later, you're going to lose. Only one person wins the National Spelling Bee each year, so an elementary understanding of the odds means it almost certainly won't be you.

The only question is when you fail, and why.

Readers Say

Many of the vignettes in this story seem so plausible that one wonders if they were plucked directly from your childhood. If they are, I'm impressed you've shared them. If they're not, you're a master of story.
By the way, I just lost an hour to this so far. I am particularly enjoying the representation and warmth of family life even as part of me is screaming for her to escape.
Simply magnificent. This moment of crushing authenticity stands out even in a story constructed of such things. Our protagonist's character tied up in her family's and the world's.

About the Book

Bee has 57,000 words in 91 scenes. The book has been read 360,000 times, and has been awarded 4½ stars from 4,300 ratings. It was last updated on June 8, 2013 at 9:21 a.m. GMT