TITLE: Cold As Ice
GENRE: YA Fantasy
Lily is an eleven year old girl who begs the neighborhood boys to allow her to play pond ice hockey with them. They are hesitant, especially a boy named Carter Witherspoon.
At least Ben and Tyler will talk to me at school after scoring that goal…
I hear myself scream as I break through the ice and plunge into the water below. It’s so cold! I instinctively begin to kick my legs but my skates slice through the icy water as if it were air. My glasses have fallen off. I can see the light spot above my head where I have fallen through. I’m trying to untie my skates but it’s no use. The hole isn’t very far above me and the pond isn’t very deep. Maybe if I jump from the bottom towards the hole, then the boys can pull me out.
It worked! My head is above the hole. The ice is incredibly slippery. But help is coming. I’ll be okay. I just need to hang on to the side of this ice. I hope they hurry. The ice is slippery and this water is so cold. I can feel my lips shivering. My body aches from the icy water, like razor blades cutting my skin; all of it.
With some focus I can see the boys. They are just standing there. Carter is in the front. He looks so relaxed. Doesn’t he see that I have fallen through the ice? Why aren’t they helping me?
The boys don’t move. Only Carter is watching me. The others have their eyes downward. All of them are just standing there in a group with Carter in front.
Why haven’t they gone for help? Don’t they know that I’m freezing to death?
After a few minutes I can’t see them anymore.
And then…there is only darkness.