TITLE: Suspended State
GENRE: YA paranormal suspense
It isn’t the cold that makes me shiver. It’s the wolves. I can’t see them amongst the trees, but I can hear them. The cries are haunting and desperate; one long wail after another.
“What are they doing out here anyway?” I ask. “It’s a ski resort. It’s not like we’re in the middle of nowhere.”
“I hear them all the time, but they don’t ever both anyone,” Wes answers.
“If you say so.” I nod and silently add being a wolf dinner to my list of current fears, right behind tumbling down the mountain like a crash-test dummy and breaking at least a dozen bones.
But Wes is as sweet and understanding as I had hoped he would be. “They’ll leave us alone, Lauren,” he says, squeezing my hand. “I promise.”
As the chair lift carries us higher up the mountain, I look down and see our skis dangling thirty feet above the snow. It’s about the only time I can relax and focus on Wes. It feels good just to be sitting next to him.
“Look,” he says, pointing to the valley. “Best view ever.”
He’s right. It’s breathtaking. I can see for miles. Thousands of pine trees, some covered in snow, some not, all scattered against a backdrop of sparkly white snow and perfect blue. Not a cloud in the sky. The valley looks so peaceful from this height that it almost makes me forget I was freaking out before until Wes asks, “Have you ever seen an avalanche?”