TITLE: The Discovery of Socket Greeny
GENRE: YA / Sci-Fi
Blood dripped down my shirt. The tissue up my nose soaked through. I tipped my head back and pulled it out, closed the side of my nostril with one finger. The office door opened.
“Here you go, Socket.” The secretary put a fresh scented tissue on my face. “You’re bleeding a lot more.”
I sat upright. The sudden change of direction made me dizzy. “I’m all right, Ms. Kallenbach.”
She put a box of tissues on the low table and folded her hands on her belly. She stared at my nose. Stared at the pulsing knot on my forehead. Most of all, she stared at my long white hair. Who didn’t?
“Mr. Akers will be in very soon,” she said. “You just call if you need anything else, all right, darling?”
Did I really need to call? She saw me bleed through the tissue on a security lookit: a small silver ball floating over the doorway. Its red eyelight rotated around and watched Ms. Kallenbach leave, then turned its attention back on me.
First day of school and I was in Akers’ office. I’d bet he was visiting the principal to find out what they should do with the Socket Greeny kid that couldn’t wait for school to start before his first fight. I was fifteen. A sophomore. And I was waiting for an emotional counselor. There were two billion other places I wanted to be.