TITLE: pale green light
GENRE: YA Science Fiction
When intruders sneak onto the paleo dig-site where her mother works, sixteen-year-old Maya follows them into underground chambers infested with dinosaurs and ruled by strange green light. Maya wants out, but her survival depends on a guy she just met—and he’s not interested in escape.
I hear my name, Maya, softly spoken.
“Beck?” I can’t see him. I can’t see the portals lining the chamber’s perimeter. I can’t see a hint of the hatchway or the slightest fizzle of electricity. My shoulder throbs where something hit me. I hold my fingers in front of my face. Nothing.
Beck and I ping our names like radar against the black. It’s a relief to find him, an amazing, unexpected comfort. He wraps his arms around my waist, pulling my back to his chest. “Until we know what’s going on,” he breathes into my ear, “don’t move.”
A girl yells, “My cell doesn’t work!” Others say, “Mine doesn’t either.” A guy bumps into me.
“Evvie?” he asks.
“I’m Maya,” I say. “Maya Norris.” Beck’s arms tighten around me.
Clicking noises pierce the dark. People whisper, “What happened? What is that? What should we do?” The clicking grows louder, the sound wheeling over us like gulls over water.
Someone shouts, “Hey Cam! Are you doing that?”
“I’m not a clicker,” Cam says into the void.
I hold my breath and feel Beck do the same. “Don’t move,” he says again. But we do move.
Everyone does. We crowd together tight as a fist.
The girl crushed against my right side shakes so violently that I start shaking too. “It followed us,” she whispers. “It’s here.”
“What’s here?” Cam asks.
Beck squeezes his arms around me until it hurts.