Title: SHADOWS OF DESTINY
Genre: YA Contemporary fantasy
Taylor took one long, deep breath before opening the door to her own personal hell.
Two dozen heads turned to look at her as she walked in, then the whispers began.
“Why doesn’t she just stay home?”
“I swear, I shiver every time I look into her eyes,” a boy whispered.
“Then don’t! I bet she’d curse you,” his friend said next to him.
A few students laughed.
Taylor ignored the snickering, she was used to it. She walked past the staring eyes with her head held high. She wouldn’t acknowledge them. Wouldn’t show how they affected her.
Sitting at her desk she carefully pulled out an envelope, but flinched when she heard a grunt from behind her. Turning her head slowly, wary, she saw a pretty blonde girl smiling at her.
“Yes?” Taylor asked, realizing the girl was trying to get her attention.
“Can I ask you a question?”
“Go right ahead.” Taylor responded, annoyed. She hardly expected a sleep over invitation.
“What’s it like having a murderer for a father?” the girl said more loudly, her smile never leaving her face.
Taylor didn’t recognize this girl and she realized she must be new, already jumping on the bandwagon. She learns fast, Taylor thought.
Regardless, a dozen responses ran through Taylor’s mind, “What’s it like being a total…”– no, no need for another trip the office.” It’s great! He taught me how to skin a human right before he died. I really like your pigmentation, by the way.”