GENRE: YA Paranormal
“Happy birthday, babe!”
Lenzi felt like her bones were coming unglued as Zak’s car barreled over the dimpled sand, threatening to shake her apart at any moment. He had promised her a surprise, but this was not at all what she had expected. Zak came to a sliding halt on the beach where a fire still smoldered, abandoned by previous campers.
“Happy Birthday!” Even though he was shouting at the top of his lungs, it was hard to hear Zak over the grinding car motor and heavy metal blasting from his blown-out speakers.
The old, overworked engine heaved a sigh and grumbled into silence when Zak turned the key and yanked it out of the ignition, pitching it carelessly on the seat. “Let’s get this party started!”
Lenzi crossed her arms and gritted her teeth. This time, just for once, she thought maybe Zak would pull his head out and do something remotely cool, something that didn’t involve Cynthia and Greg. Zak wouldn’t go anywhere without them anymore. They were inseparable, like the Three Stooges—only not funny.
Cynthia and Greg got out of the car and immediately lit up. Lenzi remained motionless in the front seat, smoldering like their ashes, consciously refraining from losing it completely. What was wrong with him? He used to be so different.