TITLE: Significantly Other
GENRE: YA Sci-Fi
When the military tells teenage telepath Ziv that violent aliens are on their way, deciding to help defend Earth is the easy part. Keeping her humanity while unleashing her strange gift on the race that gave it to her … that's tough.
Blades of grass brush my toes, forcing me to suppress a shudder. Textures like this still feel unnatural, wrong. Too irregular and unpredictable. I shouldn’t have worn sandals.
Despite my physical reaction, I continue across the school lawn. If I force myself to endure it enough times, maybe I’ll finally get used to it.
As I let Khalil catch up, his skin—darker than mine, but that’s not saying much—seems to radiate the warmth of the sun back out to the world. Not for the first time, I wonder if he finds my pale face as cold as I do.
The thought is interrupted by a tickle on my foot, different from the grass. A ladybug crawls across my toe, and I reflexively clench my fists, not letting myself fritz out.
Khalil stops and scrunches his brows. “What’s wrong?”
The ladybug flies off, and my hands relax. “Nothing, just stressing the civics test tomorrow.”
He smiles as we walk to the building. “I’ll bet a carb-bar you do just fine.”
My performance will depend on whether I give the correct answers, or the answers the instructor wants, but I keep that to myself.