TITLE: TRULY AND FOREVER
GENRE: YA Paranormal
Jess and Silas just met. She planned to reconnect with her former fearless self by jumping off a bluff, but had a panic attack instead.
We stared at each other, neither blinking. It was the first chance I’d had to really look at him, and I saw now that he wasn’t just handsome, he was heart-stoppingly beautiful, the kind of boy whose face greets you from the walls of hip clothing stores. There were flecks of green in his golden-brown eyes, and his lashes, much darker than his light brown hair, grew away from his eyelids in long, lush curves. My pulse quickened as I noted his straight nose and cleft chin, the smooth skin, brown and slightly pinker on his cheekbones. He was sun-kissed. A golden-boy. His light brown hair was streaked with blond.
I remembered my reason for coming to the creek, the intentions I’d had, my failure to jump. And then I did something crazy. Something the old Jess would’ve done.
I kissed him.
He flinched a little as my mouth made contact. His lips were soft, like downy, and I drank them in, a strange, tingly warmth spreading through my body. His breath hitched, and he held it, his muscles stiffening. He smelled like pine and musk, the slight hint of soap. My heart fluttered. I felt dizzy and light. And then something unexpected happened.
He kissed me back.
My lips parted at his gentle tugging. There was no sound. No wind. No earth moving. My pulse slowed. I felt drugged, like I was floating outside my body, and nothing in the world mattered, not my cancer, my fear. There was just me and the boy…
I opened my eyes. The boy glared at me, wild-eyed and flushed. His fingers were wrapped around the tops of my arms, holding me at arm’s length.
“You can’t do that,” he said. “It’s—”