Title: TRAPPED IN BIRCH STEW
Genre: upper MG Fantasy
Word Count: 65,000
Twelve-year-old Eric's brain and body had been taken over by an evil cacodemon, so his sister hunted down the only people who could help him - the supposedly mythical winged Sentinels. But in exchange for their help, Eric has to live in their town, give up the human world, and pretend like it's okay that their "cure" stripped away half his memories, including all memory of his mother.
Despite being trapped in the town of Birch Stew, with crazy and creepy creatures on all sides, Eric isn't going to give up on his memories or his mother. His attempts to jump-start his memory fail, so Eric convinces his only friend to help him fly away and search for his mom. What he doesn't realize is that the cacodemon is still out there . . . and would love to reunite with him.
His eyes refused to open, and he barely heard the whispered words of the girl hovering over his bed. “I’m sorry, Eric. I had to. I’m so sorry, Mom.” Before he could panic, his world faded, turning the girl’s words into a dream.
When his brain got itself squarely back into his head, Eric felt the sandpaper grit of his eyelids as he blinked. His heart was still pounding from an unremembered nightmare, and he was sticky with sweat. He felt completely gross.
Eric squinted out at his surroundings. He didn’t recognize the pale blue walls or the huge arched window with its gauzy curtain. He definitely didn’t recognize the girly, flowered quilt covering his legs.
He tried to scratch at his itchy hand, but pain ran up his arm as he jammed into something sticking out the back. Ew! One of those hospital things was stuck in his hand, and tubing snaked over to . . . oh, God. Yuck. A big bag of water was dripping into his arm.
What was wrong with him?
And why didn’t this place look like a hospital? His brain wasn’t working quite right, but he remembered being in a hospital before. He remembered white walls, a bad smell, and an uncomfortable, tiny bed with a metal rail that caged him in.
This place was way too nice. Maybe somebody was trying to steal his kidney or kidnap him. Or maybe some rich, weirdo scientist had kidnapped him to do an illegal experiment!