GENRE: YA Contemporary Fiction
There are certain people in the world who magnetize trouble. My BFF, Mia Belmont, is one of them.
Right before Mrs. Whitman’s funeral, I'm pacing outside Dean Foster’s office with all-over bad feeling. Mia’s managed to stay out of trouble for months…and now suddenly I get an urgent text to meet her here?
The possibilities for trouble are endless and usually random, and Mia’s always got a stellar excuse. Mia used to skip class to cram last-minute for tests, but she’s gotten better at managing her time. The last time she cut class was in October, when that stray cat gave birth in the friendship court. Even Dean Foster admitted he couldn’t fault her for caring about a creature in pain.
I hoped whatever it was now was something like that, a minor infraction, like maybe she parked in a faculty spot because she saw a bird drop out of a tree.
I pace and pace as the halls empty out and students dash off to the church for a funeral nobody expected.
Pretty soon the halls are so empty I can hear my footsteps echo in the large wooden hall.
I can’t be late for Mrs. Whitman’s funeral. Just thinking about a funeral makes my hands shake, but out of all the founding families at Thornegate Prep, Mrs. Whitman’s is one I can’t skip. Her scholarship saved my life.
Why or how she died remains a mystery. All they told us is that she had a condition that deteriorated rapidly. Rapid deterioration. Is that