TITLE: Shot in the Dark
GENRE: YA contemporary with mystery and romance
Biology is supposed to be the study of life, yet everything I see screams death death death. I’m freaking surrounded by it.
The pickled animal organs on the shelves along the back wall. The organs Travis claimed the football coach dissected from members of the team, after they screwed up their big chance of making it to the playoffs last year. The skeleton hanging in the back corner, its jaw slack in a sickening grin, as if sharing a private joke that’s lost on me.
My twin brother’s empty desk chair.
My fingers tingle from the same numbness that’s inhabited my body for the past two weeks. A hollow stillness spreads through me, like the finally moments before a tsunami. When the water pulls back—leaving the beach painfully empty—seconds before the world crashes in.
I’m still waiting for that singular moment, when everything inside of me caves and I’m carried away, to be drowned in the ocean.
Where the hell is Liv? My first day back was bad enough, starting with the fun-filled hour with the grief counselor this morning, but being here without my best friend to distract me is asking way too much.
All I want is to escape before I finally fall apart. If I cry at school, no way in hell will Mom let me skip out on another agonizingly boring hour with the shrink. I just have to survive the next sixty minutes.
Only I can’t do that without Liv.