Title: BLACK AND BLUE
Genre: Young Adult
Sixteen-year-old synesthete DASH is unconvinced his older sister AGGIE is telling the truth about her black eye.
I grabbed her arm. “Aggie, I know you didn’t run into a door. Just tell me—“
“Let go of me! Dad’s coming!” Black lightning bolts shot through her voice.
She twisted out of my grasp and fled toward the stairs. As she passed Dad, he raised a hand to high five her but she flinched and clutched her jacket tighter.
Dad noticed me and offered me the same high five Aggie had refused. “Guess who landed a big new customer today? That’s right. Big Al. Uh huh. Doesn’t make up for the twenty customers we lost last month, but it’s a start, eh?”
I slapped his hand and he continued into Mom’s office where I heard her say, “Al! You’re home already? Gosh, look at the time ... dinner’s not even close to being ready! How was your day?”
“Better than Aggie’s, I take it.”
“She hurt herself again. Ran into a door. She’ll be fine,” Mom said to him.
“She should be more careful,” Al said.
“I know. I told her the same thing.”
Aggie slammed her bedroom door and my head swam. I returned to the kitchen and scooped the onion peels and celery bits out of the sink. I held my breath while I dumped them into the putrid compost can under the sink and wondered why Aggie’s voice added the black lightning bolts. It happened as soon as she heard Dad open the garage door.
Her voice only looked that way when she was scared.