TITLE: MISSING CERULEAN BLUE
GENRE: MG Fantasy Adventure
It’s not like I made a habit of listening to other people’s phone conversations, but there was nothing normal about my dad talking on the phone. Not anymore. I froze on the stairs at the sound of his voice. It was still as heavy and dark as a thundercloud, but there was something different about it.
“Thanks for calling me back. No, I’m sure that won’t be necessary. No, she’s not a problem. Well, no, I haven’t…I know it’s been four months, June.”
My Aunt June. The woman thought I was a freak and never failed to make me feel like one. She believed my mom—her own sister—had ruined me with her “strange, artistic ways” and “stubborn insistence” on home-schooling.
“Well, I hadn’t thought of that,” my dad said.
I sat on the next to last step and tried to figure out why he wanted to talk to her when he’d ignored calls from everyone else. But there was no good reason I could think of. And all of the bad reasons were making me feel a little sick.
“Let me talk it over with Calli and I’ll get back to you.”
When he came through the kitchen doorway and saw me, he didn’t look mad that I’d been listening. More like, relieved.
“You shaved!” The words burst out of me. Then I noticed his clothes. Real clothes. The first time since the funeral that he wasn’t wearing that pitiful, brown bathrobe. It probably walked away on its own.