TITLE: A Complex Solution
GENRE: YA - Suspense/Romance
The din quieted. Amanda glanced down the hallway. Her heart pounded in her chest. Loser, the voices whispered. Should have been you. A million thoughts filled her head as she shuffled down the hallway, her legs wobbling with each step. She needed to do this. Quickly. She slipped one hand inside her pocket and pushed open the girls’ bathroom door with the other. Her heart stopped.
“Shouldn’t you be in class?” asked a girl leaning over the sink, touching up her mascara. Petite, with white-blonde hair, and dressed in a micro-mini and tank top, she turned and looked Amanda up and down, her lips pulled back over her dazzlingly white teeth. “How tall are you, like six feet? And so pale.”
Amanda froze, her fingers clutching the penknife in her pocket. She glanced away.
“C’mon, Jess, let’s go,” said the girl’s friend, smacking her freshly glossed lips together. “No time to waste on this loser.”
The two girls whirled around and headed out the door, their laughter echoing through the hallway.
Amanda tucked into the last stall and shut the door. She gripped the knife tighter. Tears stung the back of her throat. She promised herself she would try, but it was worse here than home. She drew the knife out, set the tip of the blade to her skin and pushed it in. Her heart raced as the blood bubbled out and streamed down her arm. She grit her teeth, as a tear rolled down her cheek. The pain was like fire in her veins.