TITLE: Shadow Embraced
GENRE: YA Urban Fantasy
The pale girl knocks me back against the fleshy wall of the crowd with a couple of hard smacks. I scramble away from a woman in a purple dress, my eyes on my opponent. Over the pulsing music, the crowd still keeps up their tribal chant.
"Fight! Fight! Fight!"
This is my first time at The Basement--innovative name for a club set up on a second-storey. The dim lights and smoky atmosphere make the red and black clothing of the crowd and the graffiti on the walls blaze. Between the pinball machines, sagging lounges, and the close-pressed crowd, there isn't much room to manoeuvre.
"What are you waiting for?" the girl hisses. She could be Snow White with her porcelain skin and long, raven hair. "You started this. It was just between me and her." She extends one long finger towards my best friend, Alex.
Alex watches from the sideline. I don't know what she did to piss off this poisonous cow, but now I want blood.
"Come on, Scar," Alex calls, running her hand through her long, bleached hair, which is overdue for another dose of peroxide.
My opponent launches at me. I shield my face from her punches. It all comes down to waiting for an opening.
I duck under a right hook and seize my chance. I throw an uppercut and knock her pale ass to the ground. Before she has a chance to regain her footing, I pounce.
A single word roars through the room. "Scatter!"