TITLE: Another Little Piece
GENRE: YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
When Annaliese is found with no memory of who she is, she's returned to her family after she mysteriously went missing a year earlier, except she doesn't feel like Annaliese and soon memories start to surface showing her who - and what - she might really be.
Number sixteen, the name RICE written across his back, tore down half the field and danced into the end zone to score the final touchdown of the game. Rice Sixteen ripped his helmet off, and shaking his head, sent long shaggy hair flying. The setting sun flared behind him, gilding him.
And that's when I felt the first hunger pain. Even from my spot halfway up the bleachers, I could see the sweat dripping down his golden brown skin. Except it didn't resemble sweat, so much as the juices dripping from the crisped and crackling skin of a roasted chicken. I wanted to sink my teeth into him. My stomach growled with hunger at the thought. Saliva collected in my mouth. I swallowed loudly.
As if he knew, Rice Sixteen's gaze turned towards the stands and latched onto me. Surprise, shock, and something I couldn't name rippled across his face - and then the other players surged around him - hiding him from view.
Nausea replaced hunger. Drool turned to dust. Had I really wanted to take a bite of another person? Yes, yes I truly had.
In that moment it became clear: there was something seriously wrong with me. But was this something new to Annaliese or a problem she'd already had? I turned to the Mom, already knowing she wouldn't react well to the question of whether I'd had a problem with cannibalism before I'd disappeared, and trying to think of another way to phrase it.