TITLE: A Book of 3 Wishes : Lost & Found
GENRE: YA Urban Fantasy
Cassie Thompson finds herself in an ancient genie in the bottle tale, trying to keep her ordered world from succumbing to the mischievous Djinn (Jinny) she released from a box found in her attic. In this scene Cassie is leaving a music club from the back way, and Jinny thinks she is leaving without telling her.
Jinny flew into the alley looking like a wildcat on the prowl, feral fear showing plainly on her furious face.
“Leaving without me Cassandra?” she clipped out, her eyes glowering dangerously.
“NNNo,” I stammered, not sure how to react. Was Sam’s presence enough to deter a tantrum?
She straightened up and began to walk toward us slowly, her movements sinuous and lithe. I could tell she was holding back, trying to appear normal. She passed under a bare bulb and I could see the same contemptuous expression, but most distracting was the smoke rising off of her; her whole body a warm breath in the cool night air. The smoke circled and twisted, coming dangerously close to the tornado of the other night.
No one said anything until she had almost reached us, which was thankfully in the murky shadows. Her smoking aura filtered to an indistinct haziness that could be blamed more readily on the poor light. Unfortunately although the lighting helped with my comfort level on the smoke, I was also unable to see if her expression was still wild or had retained some of her humanity.
Sam broke the silence.
“Glad you found us, we were going to wait for you by the front door.”
I don’t know how he was able to seem so calm. His soft voice somehow making Jinny’s appearance seem like a natural progression of the evening rather than a stalker searching for their prey.