TITLE: Bits & Pieces
GENRE: YA Contemporary
The narrator, 17 year-old Chase, wakes the morning after a fight to find his 14-year old sister Brooke hovering over him. Both are still grieving the loss of their older brother to alcohol poisoning nine months prior.
Consciousness creeps behind my eyelids, and I find a blurry Brooke curled in my desk chair next to the bed. She remains still as I struggle to sit. Nothing doing. I sink to the mattress in pain.
“Don’t ever do that again.”
“I have to get up sometime, Pixie.” I squint at her through the eye not swollen shut.
She frowns, her eyes the saddest I’ve seen since …
“Don’t be so sad. I’m okay.” I grit my teeth and force myself upright. “See?”
Brooke stalks from the room.
Damn. My room starts to spin and I drop to my pillow. “Ow.”
“Look.” Brooke forces a handheld mirror in my face.
The guy in the mirror is a mess. Swollen, bruised, stitched. A real Frankenstein.
“Okay. You made your point.” I lift an arm to swipe at the mirror, but my hand weighs a ton.
“You promised.” She places the mirror on my desk. “You promised not to … be like him.”
“I’ve kept my promise. I wasn’t dr —”
“Do you think I’m stupid?”
“C’mon, Brooke.” God, my chest hurts.
“Trevor could have killed you.”
“But he didn’t. Sit down. Please. Let me explain.”
She perches on the edge of the chair, arms crossed.
“Trevor went after Kelsey. She's barely bigger than you, and he’s bigger than me.”
“I can take you down.” The lines in Brooke’s forehead harden.
The muscles in my face protest a smile. “I know. You’ve had practice, and you’re fearless.”