Title: THE UNLEASHING
Genre: YA Paranormal
I clutched my head, wincing in pain. No, please no. Not again. Why does this keep happening? The throbbing intensified. I pushed my chair away from the desk, trying not to draw attention to myself. My heart hammered with erratic beats. I flashed Mrs. Thompson a weak smile, as if I was merely going to the bathroom. She eyed me curiously, but didn’t pause in her lecture on mythology.
I ducked into the hallway and leaned against the wall. Bending over and bracing my hands on my knees, I took a deep breath. Searing heat pooled in my stomach.
Don’t throw up. It’ll pass. Calm down.
Another breath. Another. It didn’t help.
The light above me flickered. A harsh thumping echoed in my ears and images flashed in my mind. Each sound conjured a new picture. My eyes stung with fresh tears. I covered them, trying to block out the pain and panic.
Mobs of men attacked each other.
Fires ravaged forests, fields, and cities.
Livestock covered in black sores died where they fell.
A gentle hand touched my shoulder. “Are you alright?” a voice asked.
The pain stopped. My pulse calmed and stomach settled. The images and drumming ceased. I sighed in relief and uncovered my eyes to see a boy I didn’t recognize.
“I’m fine.” The words were barely coherent. I straightened. My cheeks warmed and I wiped my eyes before hurrying back into the room, wishing I could run much farther away. Being branded some freak extraordinaire was the last thing I needed right now.