TITLE: SKIN DEEP
GENRE: YA Contemporary Fantasy
Zoe's found the girl of her dreams—if she can ignore the fur and fangs. The creature responsible for her beast’s torment isn’t finished with her, and this beauty could be cursed as well unless they can defeat this ancient evil.
Tonight is a Magus Moon, almost unnaturally large and bright. A trick of the light, out-of-towners claim.
It’s perfect for a party I don’t want to be at. The crisp night air mixes with the burgers, hot dogs, and chicken sizzling on the grill, but there’s no way I can eat. Someone is bound to say something about class today.
“It’ll be fine, Zo,” Jenny says. “Besides, we have to be here. We couldn’t be the only two cheerleaders not to show up.”
“Breathe,” she says, as if this anxiety is something I can turn off. “No one’s going to bring it up.”
I grip the sides of my dress, my cheeks burning. “It was humiliating.” It only proves everyone knows how stupid I am. “It took me ten minutes to read a fucking haiku. God, they must think I’m such a dumb blonde.”
“No one laughed. I would’ve killed them if they did. Or fed them to The Magus.”
Despite my mood, I chuckle at her bringing up Statfield’s boogeyman. “I think they’re too old for him.”
“We can always hope they get lost in the woods?” I give her my stop-this-idiocy-now stare and hope she gets it. “Well, I’m scary enough.” She pulls me closer. “Relax. Have a good time.”
“Okay. I promise I’ll try.”
Jenny scans the crowd, a familiar glean in her eye. “Look, check that one out. He’s hot.”
“I just want a nice boy.” Or girl, but I don’t say that part. Somehow, I don’t think the concept would stick. I’d be ‘confused’. And I’d have to hear all about it.