Looking over my oeuvre, I found two readily available stories (both were published online) that feature child protagonists and fantasy or science-fiction related material. So I guess, in retrospect, I've been moving toward speculative YA all along!
The first story is called "A Chimaera Story with Four Morals." It appeared a couple years ago in Jersey Devil Press. It started out as a simple experiment in writing a very short story, but it refused to remain a mere experiment.
The second story is called "Cats in the Backyard," and it appeared in the journal Niteblade three years ago. It's one of my favorite stories of all time--a hybrid of literary fiction, horror, and something else I can't quite put my finger on. It was first written years ago--as many as 20 years ago--then set aside and reworked when I returned to writing fiction.
I'd love to hear some reactions to these older pieces!