TITLE: Snow, Blood, and Envy
GENRE: Young Adult Paranormal
Evil eyes stare at me. Ugh. Where does he find these women? I blow on my freshly painted teal nails.His lips keep moving. She keeps staring. I nod, pretending to pay attention. Come on. The last bimbo's introduction took less than two minutes.
Then his mouth forms an unbelievable word.
I rip my earbuds out."Did you say married?"
My father actually grins."Yes, married." He lifts the woman's hand to show me a ridiculously large diamond.
Whoosh. My stomach tightens.The pulse of drums echoes in the silence. Boom, boom, boom--the fast tempo matches the accelerated beat of my heart. With each thump, the diamond grows, expands, and fills the distance between us. I tear my eyes from its bright twinkle and demand, "When?"
"We leave for Fiji in a week."
My jaw drops."How long have you been dating?"
"Almost a month," he says, gazing down at her.
I gawk at her, at them staring at each other.Though younger than my father, she isn't young. Lean with long hair and sharp features she's the perfect match for his tall sophistication. Standing amid the suede furniture, modern art, and bronze sculptures, they look like a magazine ad. The glossy print in my head pictures expensive, unattainable perfection.
I fiddle with the buttons before turning my iPod off. "Um...wow that's great," I manage to reply even though distress rushes under my skin, through my heart, and threatens to erupt out of my mouth in the form of four letter words.