TITLE: Finding Me
GENRE: YA Urban Fantasy
My vision tunneled then returned like a slinky springing back to formation. Anger surged through me. Zack stood taller and straightened his broad shoulders, attempting to assert himself over me.
I tried to suppress the anger, to push it back. But it was palpable and fueled by his. I took a deep breath and shifted my eyes to the gray lockers that lined the walls. The tall, slender lockers reminded me of my classmates hunched in groups, telling secrets, whispering lies. Oh hell. This isn’t working. Maybe I should turn and bolt in the opposite direction.
A slap to his face might help, too. Seriously! Zack wasn’t patient. He wouldn’t wait for me to contemplate a response to him kissing Casey.
He launched himself forward, snatched me by the waist, and narrowed his eyes. His jaw clenched and he lowered his head to meet my glare. “You have to listen -”
I forced my eyes upward. After what I saw, I wasn’t about to let him bully me. My mouth stumbled for the right words. “I…no…you are not-”
My head jerked back suddenly, casting a dozen sparkling stars across my eyes and a bolt of electricity shot up my spine. The zap was so intense, I stumbled, face first to the floor. The fall should have placed me on the smooth dry surface of the wood floor of the school hallway.
My hands met moisture. My eyes bulged as I took in what lay beneath them: grass.