So you think magic isn't necessary in order to leave? Think again ...
Victoria Askew doesn't want to leave remote Rolynka, Alaska when she finishes high school; it's all she's ever known. At least, not until her mother knits her the most beautiful sweater she's ever seen, a sweater imbued with magic -- a leaving sweater.
"The Leaving Sweater" is a magic realist short story of about 2500 words or 10 pages. It is in the series "Tales From Far Beyond North" and was originally published in Strange Horizons in 2007.