TITLE: Somebody That I Used to Know
GENRE: Young Adult Contemporary
I need your help.
I stare at the subject line. The email is from soldierOfFortune@funmail.com, one of those free email services anyone can sign up for with a fake name and a made-up address, but adrenaline floods my veins, flushing out the film of exhaustion that has stuck there for the last three months.
Dad, I think, even though I know it's impossible.
I'm aware of everything around me. The musty smell that has stubbornly clung to The Captain's guest room, despite a thorough cleaning and new paint. The flicker of my laptop monitor. The blood whooshing through my veins.
I have to stop doing this. It has been three and a half months since my dad's funeral. Just because the randomly generated email address the spammers are using today includes the word soldier doesn't mean the email has anything to do with my dad's stint in the military.
Still, I fumble with the mouse. It takes twice as long as it should for me to open the email.
I'm not dead.
My heartbeat is too loud, like it's coming from my ear canal instead of my chest.
I'm sorry for worrying you, but I had no choice. The men after me would like nothing better than to truly end my life, and I can't risk resurfacing until I have the evidence to send them to prison. That's why I need you.