TITLE: Wildflower Eyes
GENRE: Young Adult
My cell phone rang loud and shrill in the quiet classroom.
All eyes turned to me.
He found us.
He was coming.
The teacher scowled and held out her hand to confiscate my phone.
I flipped it open. I had to answer before the second ring- that was the rule.
My mother's panicked voice said one word: Run.
Eyes tearing, heart pounding, I grabbed my textbook and notes, then stuffed them into my bag.
Shaking, I stumbled to the door.
Every second, he was getting closer.
"Where are you going, Maddie?" the teacher demanded. Then, seeing my tears, she spoke with concern. "Is something wrong?"
I rushed past the teacher, out of the classroom.
"Maddie!" I heard her shout. She stepped into the hallway after me.
I walked faster. Please don't stop me, I begged silently.
I tried not to succumb to the panic. My breath came in short little gasps and a sob escaped my lips, echoing in the empty halls.
How did he find us again?
I stopped at my locker. With fumbling fingers, I shoved my books and jacket into my bag. I could leave nothing personal behind- that was another rule.
I raced down the hall. Flew down the stairs.
Dennis Connelly had found us again.
I rushed through the cafeteria, almost bumping into a girl carrying a tray. I swiped my tears away so I could see.
I ran to the lobby.
My lungs burned for air.