TITLE: My Sister's Dating a Serial Killer
GENRE: YA Mystery/Thriller
The hair on my arms stands straight up.
Somebody's watching me.
I pedal my mountain bike faster.
My shoulders itch and I get an urge to head for home, but I keep my eyes straight ahead. I'm not going to let him know I'm onto him.
Mom's voice is in my head as if she's with me. "This is what comes of investigating people you shouldn't be investigating, Cameo."
Forget that. My whole family is totally tuned out to what's really going on in Sleepy Valley SC. I'm the only one who's paying attention.
The leafy overhang should keep me cool, but sweat drips off my brow because someone else is here.
Not only that, I have a pretty good idea who it is.
Signs of danger are everywhere. No reet, reet, reet from the cardinals, and no squirrels chasing each other up and down the magnolia and sourwood trees. Animals know when to get out of the way.
Somewhere behind me, a car engine roars to life.
I half-skid to a stop, unsure whether I should pedal like crazy and get out of here or let him roar past.
A familiar red convertible bursts out of the woods and heads in my direction.
Too late now to get away. I motion him to come around me. When I sneak another peek, a realization rips through my body like an electric shock.
He's not trying to pass. He's pointing his vehicle at me, revving his engine, and driving full throttle.