TITLE: Unearthly Beginnings
GENRE: Paranormal YA
Charlie Wilkins sat alone, and dejected, watching longingly as his classmates rushed past him laughing, and playing. Worriedly Charlie scanned the happy faces for Tom, or Carl's all too familiar countenances, dreading another run in with the two.
From the second they'd stepped out onto the blacktop playground, away from the view of any adult, Tom had started in on Charlie. Recess had only just begun, and already Tom and his friends had tripped, teased, and pushed him. It was always bad, but today Tom had seemed especially eager to bully, and punish Charlie.
Tom had wasted no time, running behind him and snatching off Charlie's thick glasses. He'd stuffed his sweater into his shirt, put on the heavy lenses, and then turned to face the other kids with a maliciously exuberant grin on his face.
"Check it out guys! I'm the four-eyed fatso!" A flurry of laughs and giggles followed, making Charlie's face and ears burn with embarrassment.
"Come on Tom, gimme back my glasses!" But before he could reach Tom, Carl had stepped in.
"Let me try!" Carl boomed. Shoving Charlie aside he put on the glasses. "Whoa! How do you see in these things?" Carl asked as he spun around dramatically. To Charlie's horror, he tore them off, stretching the legs and smudging the lenses with his big sweaty fingers.
"No, you're gonna break them!" Charlie had pleaded in a voice that sounded pathetic even to his own ears.