TITLE: Lunatic Squad
GENRE: YA Science Fiction
I pounded the last nail in the coffin. Just another day’s work getting the pretend dead bodies ready.
“Only ten days until opening night,” Scout muttered as she unfolded one of the many bloodstained sheets we had. She tossed them from the back of my cousin, Kincaid’s, pickup truck.
Kincaid sat his lazy carcass on one of the lawn chairs in front of the porch. The house was soon to be the fabulous Nightmare Lane. Our family’s haunt or better yet reason number eleven I was an inconvenience to them.
“You know, this would go a lot faster if you got off your ass.” I smiled at him with all the lovely sarcasm I could muster. I huffed and puffed. Pushed sweaty pieces of my ginger hair aside.
“Why don’t you just use your powers?” he sighed. “It’s such a waste of time doing this the normal way.”
“Because Grandpa’s gonna know,” I said, resisting the annoying urge to add “duh.”
“Duh,” Scout said as she hopped out of the truck’s bed and wiped her hands on her ripped jeans.
We may have been fraternal twins―Scout had all the color while I had zero―but our heads were always in sync no matter what. I could count on it.
“The moon’s full. And you promised, Salem,” Kincaid pointed out as he took a sip of his bottle of coke, sitting up taller in the lawn chair with that stupid smug look on his face. I guess he wasn’t tall enough already.