TITLE: DAY OF THE NOT SO DEAD
GENRE: YA Fantasy
Life’s biggest decisions are made in under a second. Like whether to go left or right when you’re all that stands between a penalty kick and a loss. Especially in a small town where girls’ high school soccer rated right up there with varsity football. Forget that I didn’t make the penalty in the first place. If I went wrong, the loss would be my fault. Welcome to my life.
My hands twitched. I crouched, ready to spring in whatever direction the ball went. Breaths came deep and slow as I tried to quiet my mind so I could hear my body. Not the easiest thing when a thousand eyes were on me. Even harder when none of those eyes belonged to my parents. But to block this kick, I needed to let my body in control. Something that hadn’t come easy since we moved here. More twitching. More breathing. Kick already!
The moment came. Along with a soccer ball at a good 40 mph. Time for that huge life decision. Left. Or right. I wanted to block it so bad, I ached.
Of course, I didn’t. Went left instead of right, but not for any reason you’d think. My body wanted to go right, but at the last moment, a dark smoky shadow popped into my peripheral vision. My left periphery. That’s all it took to pull me in the wrong direction. The ball sailed to my right and disappeared into the net along with any delusions I had about not being a loser.