TITLE: Watch Out for Menehune
GENRE: Young Adult Paranormal
Marisa screamed as a gecko skittered across her toes.
"It's just a gecko," her sister Violet told her.
"It's just a gecko," Marisa mimicked, rubbing her toes against the beach towel in case there was still some lizard on them. "That doesn't mean I want it touching me with its gross lizardness. Or my stuff." She looked around wondering if she had drawn attention with her screaming, but the small beach a few blocks from grandma’s was fairly empty, just like it had been the last few days. This trip to Hawaii was sure starting off slow.
“They eat bugs.” Violet looked around, probably hoping to apologize to the lizard.
“I am not a bug,” Marisa said.
“Are you alright?”
Marisa looked over and saw a really hot guy wearing a shirt with a wave who had brought his tall, muscular – but not in the body building way, more like the soccer player or maybe surfer way – over to make sure she was okay. Because she had freaked out over a lizard.
“Yeah.” She flipped her hair over her shoulder. “I was just startled.” Geckoes looked to be about as common as squirrels were back home and since this guy had the look of a local it didn’t make sense to be freaked out. Although squirrels didn’t usually run across her feet.
“Good,” the guy said. “Aloha, I am Lohi’au, or Lo.” He held out his hand. “You are from around here?”
Marisa shook his hand. “Marisa.”