TITLE: Imaginary Heart
GENRE: YA Paranormal Romance
I died before I was even born.
It was April 13th, not a Friday, but it might as well have been. My mom was in labor with me as my parents raced down the two-lane wooded road that passes for a highway in our part of Michigan. A thunderstorm raged, blotting out the last of the sunset. They were two miles from the hospital when a speeding car slid through a stop sign and slammed into them.
They never even saw it coming.
My dad died first, instantly, the steering column punching a hole right through his heart. Their ancient car didn't have airbags and the seat belt wasn't enough to save my mom. She bled out while they were using the Jaws of Life, and since I was inside her, I died too.
The paramedics couldn't do anything for my mom, but they thought I deserved a chance. They cut me out, right there in the intersection, in the middle of the pouring rain. I was blue, but they wouldn't give up. A bunch of tiny puffs of air later, I finally gave my first cry. A true wail of angst.
The nurses said they should call me Lucky. Gran said, "What's lucky about coming into the world with your parents already dead?" So she named me after the reason for my sad situation. The name my nineteen-year-old mother joked about on the phone with her, before she left for the hospital.
She named me Rain.