TITLE: The Hiddeen
GENRE: YA Fantasy
Fourteen year-old Dagny Olson and her mom were footsteps away from entering the grocery store when a shrill voice called out from behind them, “Hildy Olson, how dare you tell my daughter you saw her lying in a bed of glass.”
An all-too-familiar wave of despair came over Dagny. She turned and spotted a thin woman storming toward them across the parking lot, her face pinched with anger. Another lady with chubby legs shuffled behind her. Dagny recognized both of them. Iris Armistin, and her friend Dora Jonson were known as two of the town’s biggest gossips.
Dagny’s mom let out a heavy sigh before lifting her hands in a defensive gesture. “Look, I’m sorry, Iris. Truly I am. But your husband simply wouldn’t take no for an answer. He insisted on knowing and he wouldn’t stop pushing me…”
Dagny inched away, removing herself before the situation escalated any further. Here we go again. Some kids struggle with homework. Others worry about their looks. But not me. No, I have to deal with this every day. Dagny’s mom was a seer. Worse yet, Hildy Olson was the kind of seer who saw nothing but misery. Not once had she seen love or money in someone’s future, only accidents or mishaps. Sometimes even death. And no matter how many visions she had, one thing was certain — they always came true.
Iris moved closer. “You leave my husband out of this Hildy!” she said. “My daughter is terrified right now.”