TITLE: THE CARDINAL SIGN
GENRE: YA/Urban Fantasy
The cardinal saved me. That blur of red, so out of place in a sea of metal and asphalt. I hesitated and watched him fly into the trees before I ran into the high school parking lot.
The referee’s whistle and shouts from fans echoed from the stadium. I’d gone a few steps when I heard the towering light creak. I looked up and threw my arms over my head just as it crashed in front of me, a spray of glass. I jumped back, shards crunching under my boots. Had I been a couple of steps ahead the light would’ve crushed me.
But Fate had other plans.
* * *
I leaned against the rail and let out a whoop. Of course, where I stood I knew my backside would get some attention. Not everyone goes to games for the football, which is why I showed up in the second quarter. The crowd rose to its feet, stamping the bleachers when my boyfriend, Dylan, ran the ball in for a touchdown. I waited for him to blow me a kiss or wave or something, but he just high-fived his teammates. Typical.
“Kenzie, he’s awesome. You are so lucky,” my best friend Angela said.
I lifted a shoulder and smiled. “He’s pretty great.”
“Hey, Kenzie. You ready for the halftime announcement?” Jeremy Goode called from halfway up the stairs.
I walked along the front of the bleachers, giving little waves and smiles to people as I passed.
“Cute hat, Kenzie,” someone yelled.