TITLE: THE MIRROR
GENRE: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
I suspected something was up when I came home and every light in the house was on. "I shouldn't have come."
"Relax, Annie. Cesar's there. She's fine." But Jamie's voice was tight. "You can't take care of her all the time. That's why we hired—"
"I know why we hired Cesar," I said, pulling the visor down to check my eyes. Too worried. The real problem was, Jamie's were too. And Cesar's car wasn't in the driveway.
We didn't have to vocalize any more worries. The tension just rose naturally as we both got out of the car. My anxiety turned to shock when I opened the door and entered an empty kitchen. Living room, empty. Hall, empty. Dining room, empty. And spotless. It must have taken a full-blown cleaning crew to pack and clean the entire bottom floor during a movie.
"Mom?" I called, setting my purse down on a sparkling countertop. My stomach swirled with the cookies 'n cream I'd just eaten, but Jamie had a calm look of determination on her face.
"Oh, hello dear. How was the movie?" Mom stepped off the last stair and moved into what used to be our living room.
"What's going on?"
I felt like I'd been punched. "Moving?"
"Yes, very soon I hope."
"Montana. I got a very good job offer."
Job offer, my right eye. "Whatever, Mom. What? Did you get a steady job with the Podunk Times?"