TITLE: Project HALO
GENRE: YA sci-fi thriller
How many police officers does it take to arrest a seventeen-year-old kid?
The answer is five.
Five officers and three cars.
Three and a half, actually, but one of them took a turn too sharp and flipped out of the pursuit. Not my fault, even though they claim it is. It’s not like I asked to be chased. I was just minding my own business, but the cops always make a big deal out of things.
Let me explain. It’s a quiet Friday in the middle of June, right. The evening sun shines its glory on Norvani, a rarity even during summer. Everything is fine and dandy. I’m cruising in my car, which I might have borrowed from my father, which I also might be driving without a license, when the cops come up behind me, sirens blasting. And I thought that running away from home would be an easy feat.
The officer pulls me over and the first thing he does is grab my fake ID. He looks at it, then at me, then back to my ID.
“Charles Theodore Walker?”
“Brown eyes?” In my peripheral vision, the cop gestures for me to make eye contact.
“Absolutely,” I say and glance at him briefly, hoping he won’t notice my clear blue eyes.
His thin lips form into a stern line. “What is your name, son? Your real name.”
“Charlie Walker,” I sigh and tighten my fingers around the steering wheel so hard the leather squeaks. “And no, I’m not 22-years-old. I’m 17.”