GENRE: YA Suspense/Action
Alexa wakes in a strange apartment, her body in throbbing pain. A familiar voice in the next room talks on the phone in a seemingly threatening manner. She flees the apartment, but still doesn't understand how she got there or who was in the apartment with her. Here is the revelation at the chapter's end:
As she reached to open the glass door, she glanced inside the lobby area. What she saw sent a chill racing down her spine. On a small sofa, Mr. Devries comforted his girlfriend Marie whose eyes were red and puffy, a tissue at her nose. But it wasn’t the sight of them that left her glued to the sidewalk as fear shot through her veins like an illegal drug. No, it was the sight of someone else entirely. He stood across the small lobby leaning casually against the front counter, speaking with the girl working reception. She saw it all now. The puzzle was complete.
It was the voice, both voices actually – the one with the edge and the gentler, almost caring one. Of course they belonged to the same person; the person with the magnetic blue eyes, the strong jaw, that confident, easy smile. He was here, at the hostel, standing in the lobby, feet from where she stood. Alexa let out a small, pitiable laugh that got stuck in her throat.
Ryan – he’d said his name was Ryan.
Alexa gasped for air, gently let go of the door, and backed slowly away. She looked down at her feet and, for the second time that morning, was thankful for her faithful Supernovas – thankful because she felt like running – far, far, away. But she didn’t run, not this time. He was on her territory after all. Those were her friends inside, he couldn’t hurt her now. But all the same, she needed a minute.