TITLE: The Bleeding Heart
GENRE: YA Contemporary
Juan Paul Rodriguez. I can still clearly picture his brown almond-shaped eyes, the ones fixated on me and filled with hatred and longing. I remember the stink of his venomous breath as it hit my face, and the way his blue tear tattoo underneath his left eye crinkled when his lips pulled over his teeth to smirk at me. I’ll never forget the feel of warm saliva running down my cheek that dripped from his open mouth. The menacing smile is the last thing I remember before he viciously slit my throat.
Before that night, I was just your average hormonal pre-teen. Now, I’m a monster—a dangerous one—not one that will break into your house to steal prized possessions or shoot you dead on the street, but dangerous none-the-less. You’d never know this by solely looking at me though, what with my fair skin, beautiful long wavy brown hair and large green eyes. I look like any normal seventeen year-old until you catch a glimpse of my neck. This is where I’m different. A large pink scar is visible precisely two inches below my ears, and runs right across the front of my throat. Without my make-up on, one may get a glimpse of a few tiny scars on my cheeks, but those I’m very good at hiding. I have many disguises, and my face is just the one thing I cover.
The clothes I wear hide many other fine pink and white lines that crisscross my body.