TITLE: Virtue Not Valid
GENRE: YA SF
“Make your move, Bevin.” The lights are low in the dining room but my skin is hot, hotter than before. The walls are high but they feel close. Caving. Are the walls caving or am I?
I look up from the hardwood floor. “I will,” I say, getting up and heading over to the cabinet on the other side of the table. I grab the lock hiding behind the china and open the bottom drawer. Take out a vial. “Just Promise me you won’t lurk outside the school. This is gonna take some time.”
Aunt Prue gives me a stern look but takes the vial from me anyway. She pours a drop in her coffee. “We have to get to Cole before the election. We can’t do this on our own.”
Yeah, I know. I also need to go to the supermarket and pick up some virtues. Courage. Celerity. My virtues expired again. All except one. That’s how it’s always been for me. The Patience in my veins won’t let me move a second earlier. If I’m going to get Cole on our side, I have to show Declan that I’m fully equipped for the job.
I put the Promise back in its place and take a vial of Responsibility from Aunt Prue as I head out the door.
Declan isn’t in the crowds of the school entrance but he’s here. He’s always here. Declan doesn’t need to buy virtues to get a perfect attendance. He’s Diligent on his own.