TITLE: The Girl Haunting His Head
GENRE: Upper Middle Grade- Science Fiction
Thirteen-year-old Kurtis heard his heartbeat for the first time. Not the sound of his withered lungs choking on his breaths. Not the sound of death. Life, that’s what he heard pounding from his flesh, and it was a nice change. Nice enough for him to smile for a second. He stood on the rooftop, under an ocean of red stars as his heartbeat tapped against his chest like somebody knocking on a door. Like somebody wanted to get in. Or get out. And that’s when Kurtis remembered something. An important thought dropped into his head.
Happy endings were gone.
All of them.
Kurtis remembered they were extinct in his world, a planet called Serius. His dad had warned him about it right before he dumped the boy off at the HOME.
A nuthouse for kids.
But that wasn’t as bad for Kurtis as having a girl inside his head. A girl haunted his head, to be exact. He was pretty sure, no, he was positive that ‘normal,’ everyday people shouldn’t invade other people’s heads. It just wasn’t right. ‘Normal’ people should get to know each other in person, greet each other with a simple ‘hello,’ a handshake, or even a smile. Not everybody agreed with him though. Not the girl haunting his head. But then again, she wasn’t his version of ‘normal.’ She had her own special greeting too.
“ You need to make an effort in life and maybe life will make an effort with you,” she said. Her words burned like little fireballs.
Kurtis grabbed his skull. One hand for each brain hemisphere. He wheezed and worried. All of this was too much. Too unexpected. The girl should’ve at least shown herself once, especially since she was wandering around his head unseen and uninvited.