This story developed from an interest in re-envisioning typical ‘coming of age’ stories, whereby the hindrance or problem was not some external obstacle, but age itself. I started the creative process by pondering this: what if there was a girl who did not age chronologically? I think it is important to consider how much ageing can truly affect us, how confining certain ages can be, and the ways in which different ages warrant different social responses. I wanted to examine how isolating a predicament like unnatural and sporadic ageing could be. My protagonist is introverted, irreverent and angry, but simultaneously desperate for human connection. ‘Pet Shop Girl’ explores how age has the power to inform, create and subsume identity.