TITLE: DARK PRIDE
GENRE: Young Adult
I should've taken the freakin' bus. But no, I wanted to walk home and practice my lines for drama class. Only three weeks left until opening night. Channeling Lady MacBeth took time. I wanted perfection.
Three blocks into my route, I met "Scary Dude." Lucky me.
He pulled up in a black SUV--totally cliche, right?--and honked the horn. I looked the other way.
Scary Dude rolled down a tinted window. "You're Nickie Leone, right?"
"Who wants to know?" My eyes shot to him.
Reflective aviator sunglasses hid his face. Bling adorned his neck and hand. So upper class.
The light turned. Couldn't cross now. Unless I wanted to play dodge-the-sedans. Damn.
"I knew your father. You look just like him." He smiled, deep lines arcing from his wide nose to his jaw. Ultra-white teeth contrasted with dark skin. Someone used whitening toothpaste.
"How do you know him?" He recognized me based on dark hair and green eyes? Uh-huh.
Option one: Run away from Scary Dude.
Option two: Find out his connection to Dad. Maybe, just maybe, he knew why Dad disappeared.
Scary Dude got out of the car, fixed his leather jacket, and sauntered--no joke, sauntered--to me. He stood a foot taller than my five-foot-eight-inch frame.
"Your father was a great man. I can't believe a year has passed already." He removed the sunglasses. Wiped them with a cloth.
"Do you know what happened to him?" Sucking in a breath burned. Tears brimmed.