TITLE: KEEPING SECRETS
GENRE: YA mystery
Not here, Brooke begged herself. Please, get sick anywhere but here.
Who was she kidding? Knowing that Sarah had died at this mile marker had everything to do with her queasiness. Brooke gripped the door handle and hiccupped. “Aunt Lynn, you’d better pull over.”
The woman driving the Suburban scowled as she braked. Lynn had grumbled enough when her niece had peeled a chunk of mud from her running shoe, so Brooke bailed out before she ruined the leather upholstery. Her hand dragged along the fender as she rushed to the front, half-expecting her aunt to forget why she’d stopped if her passenger wasn’t visible. Lynn had ignored her after the mud incident.
As the June breeze soothed Brooke’s clammy face and her nausea eased, she studied the scene and imagined how it had looked six months ago – the level stretch of highway bordered with wide ribbons of white instead of green, the massive evergreen tree with fresh rather than fading scars – and she came to one inescapable conclusion. This was all wrong.
No matter how much snow the past winter had dumped on them, this Minnesota highway had been designed to handle it. And Sarah had been too good of a driver to make a dumb – and fatal - mistake on a safe stretch of road like this. Something else had to have happened.
The Suburban’s horn blared and raw fear propelled Brooke into the ditch.
“You gonna puke or not?” Lynn yelled.
“Maybe in the car,” Brooke muttered.