GENRE: YA paranormal romance
I stood in front of the high school, alone, and watched people trek
from the parking lot to the stadium. A family wearing Parkman Panthers
shirts like mine and carrying a blanket they wouldn’t need. Two
freshmen with their hair streaked blue and gold.
I tapped my foot. This was stupid. I should just go home.
A piece of paper blew against my leg, then stuck under my tapping foot.
Haunted House, Free Today Only was scrawled across the top.
The horror movie set-up flashed into my mind. Lonely girl goes to
haunted house and winds up dead, or worse. Eaten by a zombie? Turned
into a werewolf? The other way around? I had no clue, I avoided scary
movies. Maybe zombie werewolves?
I shook my head and tossed the flyer in the trash. I wasn’t going to a
haunted house. Not by myself, not ever. I’d never understood people
who scared themselves for fun.
My cell phone beeped. Finally. I dug it out of my purse and flipped it open.
Low battery, recharge soon blinked twice, then the screen went blank.
I just stared at it. The first strands of the band’s pre-game show wafted over.
I shoved the phone in my purse and started across the parking lot, not
toward my car, but the sidewalk. Maybe not the best plan, but at least
taking a walk was something to do, and I always felt better with my
body in motion.