TITLE: Reta Morse and the Sinister Shadow
GENRE: Young Adult Comtemporary Fantasy
Reta leaned out farther onto her porch; surely the pale morning light had fooled her eyes. The man standing across the street looked like a solid shadow. Squinting, she struggled to make out any of his features. She caught the outline of what looked like tall boots on his legs, but nothing else came to her. Darkness shrouded his entire frame and an inky face seemed to stare back at her.
Hackles rose on her arms. What was in that cereal I ate? Reta tried to move but felt as if she had two anvils for feet.
The tall man shifted leg to leg and scratched the top of his head. After what felt like minutes, he whirled around, ran down the street, and vanished around the corner.
“Who knocked?” her mother asked behind her.
Reta turned. Her mother stood in the middle of the living room, pinning up one of her blond curls.
“I…I don’t know. I answered and no one was there.”
Her mother pointed outside and smiled. “It looks like they left you something. Maybe you’ve got a secret admirer.”
Reta turned back to the porch. For the first time she noticed a blue piece of paper sitting on the first step, folded neatly in half. She gulped; only one person could have left it there.
“Well?” Her mother smiled again. “Aren’t you going to see what it is?”
Picking up the paper, Reta took a deep breath. Okay. What do shadow people write to you, anyway?