Title: The Ichthys Kiss
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy/Romance
There’s drool on my chin. I wipe it away with the sleeve of my jacket. I’m lying in the back of a car, nose squashed against the leather seat. I sit up, stretching to ease the cramp in my neck and shoulders.
A glass barrier separates me from the driver. I see burly shoulders, a freckled neck and grey hairs poking out from beneath the rim of his cap. Our eyes meet in the rear mirror. He nods, breaking into a smile that crinkles the corners of his eyes. He has a friendly, next-door neighbour sort of face…except…
My body recoils, butt scudding backwards into the seat. Tucking my hands into my armpits I scrunch myself into a ball, careful not to take my eyes off him.
The car slows and turns off the road. I uncurl myself enough to peak out the window. We’ve stopped in front of a gate.
Something snaps inside me and I fling myself against the door, pumping the handle in a hopeless attempt to escape.
“It’s safety locked,” the driver says, without turning round. “When I turn off the engine, the locks open automatically.”
Our eyes meet in the mirror and he winks.
He doesn’t look like a serial killer or a rapist. The coils of terror spinning in my stomach make me want to throw up. I want to scream, but terror has tightened the muscles in my throat and the words come out in a whisper.
Who are you? Where am I?