GENRE: MG Fantasy
<This is near the start. Mom just called twelve-year-old Avi downstairs to the kitchen>
<Mom> motioned for me to sit on the chair facing her, took a deep breath and released a long sigh.
“It’s time for you to go, Avi.”
“To your grandmother’s house. To live.”
For most people, that sentence might not have been strange.
“Grandmother? You mean one of the two you told me were dead?”
Her cheeks flushed light pink. “Well she’s dead now, so I wasn’t exactly wrong. I just told you too early.”
A thousand questions popped into my brain. I’d never met any of my grandparents. Never met my dad either. Actually, other than one uncle who didn’t look like my mom at all, I’d never met any family. But figuring out my family tree wasn’t my main concern.
“Why am I going to Grandma’s house if she’s dead?”
“Well, you can’t stay here. I’m leaving. My job is done.”
“Your job? You’re my mother.”
Mom slid a piece of paper into my hand. “Here’s the address. Grab what you need. You have to be out of this house by midnight. Anything left will be destroyed.”
She stood and lifted her suitcase. She leaned in for an awkward hug. “Good luck. Knowing you has been...interesting.”
Without a glance back, she was out the door. She didn’t even stop for Cain, her slobbering pug.