Title: WHAT HAPPENS IN WATER
Genre: YA Contemporary
I have never lost a game of Manhunt.
Cassie isn’t patient enough for hide-and-seek in the dark. She loses interest and would rather be found, squealing and laughing. She’s always been the best at pulling people near her, people who want to hear her stories or raise their cups or kiss her, maybe.
I’m the best at hiding. Running while it’s still dark enough to not get caught. Slipping into small spaces with my knees and elbows covered in dirt. We gave up Manhunt three summers ago. But I am still that girl with her back pressed against the tree, listening to receding footsteps.
I’d give anything to be thirteen and out in the woods. I’d happily take a double period of chemistry while Cassie mouths, “Shoot me” across the table. Instead, I stand on line at the Department of Motor Vehicles for the seventh time, inhaling the smells of sweat, coffee, and nerves of would-be drivers.
“Name?” the DMV worker asks.
“—Kaitlyn Gregory,” my father cuts in.
“This says ‘K.S. Gregory,’” says the DMV worker with the I-don’t-have-time-nor-patience-for-your-discrepancy tone, tapping the blue index card. “Are you K.S. Gregory?”
“Yes,” we say at the same time.
“Fantastic.” DMV Man clearly does not find this fantastic. “Park across from the playground and wait there.”
I pull the keys from Dad’s hand. He tightens a finger around the Oneonta lanyard. Foiled, as usual.