TITLE: Children of the Powder Keg War
GENRE: Science Fiction
(A group of inner-city teenagers. Rashid can literally sense emotions. His girlfriend, Latisha, has gone missing.)
As the night wore on, they patrolled the neighborhoods tirelessly. Rashid and Luke kept their eyes peeled toward their surroundings, and every time a female figure appeared spikes of hope ricocheted in the atmosphere sending tremors through Rashid's being until, eventually, they died.
They came to an intersection they'd been at three times before already. Rashid sensed Luke's restless urgency wane into dismay.
"Any vibes?" Luke asked.
Rashid shook his head. They'd made a left turn at the intersection before and a right turn, but they never went straight ahead.
"Let's go out to Jericho Hills," Rashid said.
Luke's gaze shot to Rashid. His blue eyes filled with as much confusion and dread as Rashid felt wafting from him. "Jericho? Why?" he asked.
"That's where her dad lives."
"What? Hold up. First, how the hell do you know that? Second, you think her dad might've--"
Rashid's cell phone rang and he yanked it out of his pocket to answer. "Hello? Hello?"
In the silence that followed, dizzying tidal waves of anguish and horror flooded Rashid, drowning out any sense of time or place.
"Rashid..." Nina cried; her voice was a mere whisper amidst the crashes of grief hitting Rashid. "Rashid, they found her body."
That was all Nina could say before she broke down over the phone.
Rashid dropped his cell phone. Luke grabbed his shoulder and shook
him. He was shouting something, but Rashid couldn't hear it. He
couldn't even feel the panic and frenzy of his friend. He couldn't
feel anything. He went completely numb.