TITLE: The Doppelganges
GENRE: MG Fantasy Contemporary
“Don’t talk to me,” he whispered, his voice urgent. “Didn’t I tell you not to talk to me unless you saw the bracelet? I could have been him!”
“What? You could have been who? Now you are totally nuts. I always knew that brilliant brain of yours would snap someday.”
“I told you to only talk if I was wearing this bracelet,” he said and stuck his arm up in her face.
“Well, you’re wearing it. So talk,” she said. “You know, I got a strike at school today for ditching lunch without a pass to find you in the library.”
“We can’t talk here. He’s in there. Come with me.”
He grabbed Wren by the arm and pulled her a little too roughly around the house and behind a gardening shed.
“Ouch. Cut it out,” she cried and pulled her arm away.
“Sorry. I guess I am losing it.”
“Who’s in there?” she demanded.
“You’re not going to believe me, but here goes.”
He told her a shortened version of the story, leaving out the fact that he didn’t exactly feel like he was himself. It sounded ridiculous and she wasn’t buying it.
“Reed, I am not saying that you are lying, but think about it.”
“Wren, go in the house and you will see a kid who looks just like me, but he won’t be wearing the strap. Then look out the window and you will see me standing here. Then you will know why I am freaking out.”