TITLE: One of Darker Blood
GENRE: YA Fantasy
The baby blue sky was bright even without the assistance of the sun, which rested behind a lone cloud. Sea birds flitted and sang in the chilly breeze. Fay leaned her upper body out of her burrow’s lid, sighing at their carefree nature and happy song. Everyone said that they were the most beautiful birds in the area, that they made perfect pets for royalty. But what did that matter? The noise of their wings flapping annoyed her. She picked up a nearby rock and nailed one right in the chest. Ten points for the artful nosedive, but the landing sucked.
“Come eat your breakfast, Fay.”
Fay huffed and closed the dreadful, salty air away as she skulked back to the table. “My potato is shaped like a foot.”
“Fay,” her father warned.
“No, really, it has five toes and everything…” She poked each toe with her finger. “No, it has seven. Close enough.” She made her potato foot skip merrily around the rim of her plate.
“Don’t play with your food, honey. Come on, now, you’ll be late for school.”
Fay sighed heavily. “Do you think they need potato-foot dancers in the circus?”
“For the last time, you’re not joining the circus.”
“At least I’d fit in there.” She pulled a piece of paper out of her pocket labeled Why my life sucks…and scrawled Circus request rejected, yet again. “What good is turning sixteen if you don‘t even get to do what you want?”