GENRE: YA Alternate Reality
Jana Chipston’s feet were going numb.
The burning, anaesthetised sensation crept over her heels and moved through her muscles, making them shake. She gritted her teeth from the pain and tried to breathe. She had to escape, but she doubted she’d be able to move when the time came. Taking another deep breath, Jana shuddered as she felt wind swirl into her hiding place. It was inexplicably cold. She froze as she felt an icy finger run down her back. Then she started shaking. It felt like someone had walked over her grave. Well, that’s what her Chippewa Grandma would have said.
Jana bit her lip and tried to concentrate. Suddenly, she was aware of a pressure build up in her lower stomach. Oh no, she thought, dismayed. This was just great. On top of everything else that had happened she really needed to pee.
She narrowed her eyes resentfully. Everything hurt, especially her feet. She shouldn’t be here; she shouldn’t be sore, shouldn’t be worried out of her mind and she shouldn’t be going numb…
Jana certainly hadn’t wanted or planned to come halfway around the world to this dusty, dry country in the first place. And she definitely hadn’t ever imagined that she’d end up squatting in some nook in an old house in the sweltering heat on her birthday.