TITLE: Crossing Dark Water
GENRE: Paranormal thriller
When Jeep-loving Haley puts the pedal to the metal to free her sister from a mountaintop mental hospital, she collides with a cartel of doctors who deal in magic--and must risk her own sanity to save her sister's.
My twin sister, Sierra, sat in lotus position on the teacher's desk with a dozen prom committee members gawking at her. She stared at the ceiling like she was stoned out of her mind. Which was impossible, she was all about healthy eating and substance free living. I would have assumed it was some yoga thing except spit bubbled from one corner of her mouth and she was talking nonsense.
"Look." Sierra pointed a trembling finger upwards and everyone's eyes followed her gesture. "The ceiling's opening like a curtain. So much darkness--but there's the moon. Can you see it?"
Okay, I knew better, but I looked up too. A pencil jutted out of a cracked ceiling tile and there was a gross yellow smudge, but nothing moved.
Leah Newman, our junior class president, squealed excitedly. "A curtain on the gym ceiling--that's an awesome prom idea! We could have a shiny black sky above it and glittery stars with everybody's names on them."
I rushed toward the desk. I needed to get Sierra out of there before someone realized her babbling wasn't artsy brainstorming.
"My mom could donate the fabric," someone suggested.
Leah bounced on her tiptoes. "The guys from the building trades' class could hang the curtain and make it move."
Everyone began chattering at once. Blinking, Sierra stared from one committee member to the next.
I slipped past Leah and leaned in close to Sierra. "You alright?" I whispered.
Sierra's sweat-dampened face went scarlet. "I'm fine," she said.