TITLE: I Fate When That Happens
GENRE: YA paranormal
It's taken me a few years to figure out that the smell of Greyhound bus doesn't change. The nasty goop they put in the toilet at the back of the bus is the same sweet and sickening stench I should expect by now. Even so, my saving grace is the rear bench seat and the heavy roar of the motor that's built into the rig just behind it. It's enough to shake the mental Etch-A-Sketch clear when I need to forget another slice of my life.
The autumn scenes that whip past my window are blurred by greasy forehead smears and a minefield of fingerprints. I have to wonder who those passengers were and what they were looking for as they pulled into their destinations. How good was it, the life that they bargain shipped themselves into? Did the life that lie ahead of them beat the one they left behind? I wish I knew the answers.
I take the platinum bracelet that my mother gave me off my wrist. The lone ruby charm catches the fall sky and the colors mix to a bloody ash as I toss the thing in my duffel bag. I've been reluctant to surrender it; I remember the moment when she gave it to me on a distant Christmas. But that part of my life is gone, too, and I have to stop pretending there will be a happily ever after for the two of us.