TITLE: The Gifted
GENRE: Supernatural Young Adult
The twitch of immense energy flowed into Rebecca Stevens’ fingertips. The fine hair along the nape of her neck prickled as she faced the target—a small wooden crate she had found in the forest, maybe some kid’s early idea for a fort. She surveyed the field, not a soul in sight, exactly how she needed it. Since Nathan, a kid with the power to control water, announced his ability on national television, her world had fallen apart.
Rebecca stared down the crate twenty yards away; the breeze blew her hair across her eyes. Four years ago, when she turned twelve, she’d developed the ability to move things with her mind. Since then, her life became about hiding her power, she considered it necessary to learn to protect herself, and if she desired to improve her telekinesis, Rebecca needed to practice in solitude.
The weight of the railroad spike hovering nearby rested on her mind. The sensation of a foreign object inside her head made her pulse quicken. The spike spun at her command as she tested her control. Her skill had improved over the past months, during her very limited practice time, but one thing remained constant; if she didn’t manage her emotions she lost any sort of accuracy. Perfect concentration was required, and she hardly ever achieved that.
As she focused her energy, sweat ran down her back and neck. A stiff wind chilled her cheek and rattled the nearby trees.