TITLE: Demon Invasion
GENRE: Middle Grade
Huff was missing.
I imagined the worst kind of snowboard accident; Huff smashed into a tree somewhere. He had taken the long path down a beginner run while Streak and I warmed up on the half-pipe. We were among the first ones to arrive on the hill this crisp morning at Mt. Shasta Ski Park on our eighth grade winter break.
Streak raced ahead of me toward a snowboard jump. He did a 180 front side grab and skidded to a stop on the landing. “Hey, Irish!” he yelled back up the hill, “Beat that, dude!”
“Hold up!” I cut around the jump, edged my board in and stopped next to him, pulling out my iPod ear buds. “We gotta find Huff.”
“We can’t babysit him. He's just slow.” Streak was wired, bouncing on his board. “Besides, I'm hot. You see me catch air?”
“Yeah, cool. But Huff was supposed to meet us at the lift line. This is our fifth run and it’s 10:30.” I scanned the half empty slopes and glanced at the lift chairs traveling overhead. “Nobody’s that slow.”
“He's probably still up on the beginners’ green run or waiting down in the lift line now, wearing that stupid yellow hat. C’mon! This is our winter break, man. Fun time.”
I punched him in the shoulder. “What’s with you? Huff spends all his time drawing cartoons and writing jokes. He’s totally out of shape and could be wrapped around a tree.”