TITLE: The Road to Pieces
GENRE: YA Urban Fantasy
Sixteen-year-old Amanda Javeaux's twin was taken away from her by a team of demon-slayers for an unrevealed cause. Amanda becomes estranged from her demon-slayer mother, who holds a high rank within the demon-slaying agency and padlocks Amanda's door at night to prevent her from escaping.
Mom stopped just outside my door and leaned on the doorframe, her perfect body spilling out of a black sequined dress with a built in push-up bra. She stood in the same place Dorian stood earlier, but while Dorian was all about risk and chance and belief, Mom radiated certainty and authority, things that could never go wrong.
I realized that close to three weeks had passed since we said more to each other than hello and good-bye.
But we said neither of those things to each other now.
Mom was chewing gum, the kind stuffed with protein powder to give you energy after a marathon. I wondered how tired she really was, under her mask of foundation and cream shadow. "Tell me how you got out," she said.
Her gaze slid past me, to the skates lying on my bed. I wondered if she would try to take them away. I wondered if I would fight her when she tried.
"No," I said. "Youâ'd stop me."
"You don't know that."
"Yeah I do." It was the truth, because it was what I believed. And it was time for me to trust in what I believed.
Mom dropped the subject. "What have you been doing after you got out?" she wanted to know. There was a steely catch to her voice, as if she'd realized just how much time I'd stolen for myself.
Healing myself, I thought.
Learning to fight.
Falling in love.
"Everything," I said.