GENRE: Young Adult
Talis, the MC, is waiting in the darkness with her best friend Duncan to surprise Duncan's older brother.
Talis felt the storm move in beneath the heavy darkness.
The air, thick and sticky, settled around her legs as she sat curled, compact beneath the thornbush. The wind shuttered through the leaves, like whispers, and brushed her hair across her eyes. She gathered the long dark strands in her hand and tucked them over her shoulder, tight against her chin and neck.
Her thighs burned and Talis could feel tiny prickles move down her calves and numbing her toes, the circulation cut off by her bent frame. She shifted, rocked back on her heels to see if her legs would straighten when she needed them to. Behind her, a twig snapped and Talis felt the sound against her back. A rough hand gripped her shoulder.
"Talis!" Duncan's voice came from her right, hushed. "Do you want to get caught?"
His fingers hurt and Talis shrugged him off.
"Of course not." she hissed back and repositioned herself until her legs stopped aching. "Are you sure he's even coming?"
"Yes, it's tonight." Duncan replied and Talis could make out his outline next to her, hunched as she was, his eyes tight and focused on the house across the road from where they hid.
They had been buried under these bushes for at least a half hour and Talis had to admit she was losing it. In fact, she hadn't been sold on coming in the first place, but Duncan was...