TITLE: Macha and the River Blue
GENRE: YA contemporary romance with supernatural elements
I pushed a little white pill out of the packet and onto my tray table, thought about it, then popped out one more.
“That’s double the recommended dosage.” Jim looked up from his Flora and Fauna of Costa Rica book. “It’ll knock you out.” My best friend’s forehead shone with perspiration while I shivered in the air-conditioned cabin.
“That’s the idea.” I threw the pills in my mouth and followed with a swig from my water bottle. I could barely handle going across town, let alone a five-hour flight, without hurling.
Jim unfolded a map from his book. “Look, here’s where we’re going.”
Like we hadn’t already done this fifty times with other maps.
“The green denotes vegetation.”
The whole freakin’ paper was green.
He pointed at a tiny dot labeled San Antonio. “That’s where I’ll be. Your town, San Rafael, is right next to it.”
Yes, the even smaller dot. Salt meet wound.
“We’ll be neighbors,” he said, “just like back home.”
I forced a smile. Back home was where I should be. Two months ago, this trip meant everything. Now with Dad gone, Mom needed me. Which is why it made no sense that she refused to let me back out of this ten-week exchange program.
Jim buried his nose in his book. “Did you know Costa Rica has 52 species of hummingbirds? And over 1,200 kinds of butterflies.”
I eyed my tin-foiled pack of pills. Surely three never killed anyone. Or four.