TITLE: Isla's Inheritance
GENRE: YA urban fantasy
“Are you still worried about the skirt, Isla?” Sarah asked as we clambered out of the battered hatchback. The street was so densely packed with cars we’d had to park half a block away, but as soon as I cracked the door open I could hear the music thumping.
I nodded, plucking at the hemline. It wouldn’t go any lower.
“But dah-ling,” she drawled in her best—not very good—Transylvanian accent, “you look delicious! Bwahaha!”
Ryan snorted a laugh, and she swatted him. He shrugged and slouched toward the house with his hands in his pockets.
My cousin Sarah and I were in the last year of high school; our invitation to tonight’s Halloween party had come from several of my older cousin Ryan’s friends, whom Sarah had befriended in her own right. At first Ryan had been annoyed about it, but he’d long since resigned himself to his vivacious younger sister charming her way into people’s good books. And onto invitation lists. It helped that she was a cute redhead.
Ryan had decided to come at the last minute, so his costume was a pair of faded jeans, a black t-shirt featuring a cartoon skull, and a sticker with the word “ZOMBIE” written on it in thick black marker. He’d used grey eye-shadow to put smudges under his eyes and had spiked up his black-dyed hair.
I wondered whether, if I’d held out on deciding to come for long enough, I’d have been able to wear something comfortable too.