TITLE: My Sister's Dating a Serial Killer
GENRE: YA Thriller
A campfire smell fills the air and I bounce along on my mountain bike down Bonner Woods Road after school, trying to figure a way out of the mess I'm in. I have no excuse for flunking my Physics quiz, except I couldn't study because I was busy spying. The damage to my skirt happened when I climbed Mrs. Jorgensen's locked gate to see if she was poisoning her husband's tea.
Mom won't buy any of this. She's told me a zillion times to stop being an amateur detective.
Behind me, somewhere close, a loud car engine revs to life, making me totally forget my skirt and quiz.
When a red convertible roars out of the woods and bears down on me, panic floods through me like ice water.
In my head, I hear Mom's voice calling to me. "Bad things come in threes, Cammi. Watch out."
She's right. I stand on my pedals to pump more speed from my bike. My third bad thing can't be me under that car.
I white knuckle the handlebars, fighting to stay on. The bike jumps into the air when I hit a bad patch of broken-up pavement.
When we smack back down onto the road again, I pedal faster until my thighs burn under my gym-class shorts.
The rumble of the car engine surges closer.
My bike skids off the road and I plummet down a steep ditch into the thick woods.