TITLE: Touching Darkness
GENRE: YA Paranormal Mystery
I should have kept my mouth shut. I should have sat in my chair, ducked my head, and ignored the fact that Kyle Ramsey was being a complete a** for no reason…again. But there was something in the look on Shane’s face; fear was part of it, but there was more. Impotent rage. That feeling that no matter how mad Shane got, he would never be able to retaliate. The same emotion boiled in me every time a classmate deigned to acknowledge my presence with a nasty comment or a well-placed elbow when no teachers were watching. Being the timid little Ally they believed me to be, I’d bite my tongue and walk off. Shane obviously agreed that cowering in the shadows was better than bleeding in the spotlight, but the smug satisfaction in Kyle’s eyes pierced something inside me. The world shifted on its axis and I was on my feet before I knew what happened.
So there I stood, staring up at the face of every bully I’d ever known, asking God what the hell I was doing.
“What did you say?”
Sweat erupted from my pores, but it was too late to walk away. I’d awoken the beast and there was nothing to do now but stand my ground.
“Why can’t you just leave people the hell alone?” I repeated, voice louder if not steadier than the first time I’d said it. The class gasped in unison. My heart threatened to explode, but the words continued to spew.