Title: ROGUE HEALER
Genre: YA Light Sci-Fi
Word Count: 80,000
High school senior Lexi Gardner is a lonely alien hidden in the donated body of a formerly suicidal human teenager. Humans accept the aliens as miraculous healers of everything but mental illness, but not as welcome neighbors here on Earth. For safety's sake, Lexi's mother has forbidden friendship with humans. But the years of secrecy and isolation hurt. So when Lexi starts spending time with human Garrett Donovan, she hides the truth from both sides.
Between studying, swimming and biking, she falls in love. Overwhelmed by alien hormones, reason capitulates to desire. Under cover of a kiss, she caresses Garrett's brain with her alien body, flooding her mind with his emotions...and is overrun by unexpected desolation.
In exchange for their own survival, Lexi's alien race advertises "peace at last" to suicidal humans. Fearful Garrett's life might be at stake, Lexi must choose between the impossible attempt to heal him and the necessity of guaranteeing enough body donors for her people. Suddenly, keeping secrets is more important than ever, but now it's from her own endangered species--a species vigilant enough to notice her betrayal. And desperate enough to ensure it will never happen again.
I knew it was rude to eavesdrop, but I'd gotten used to it. I had to get my information from somewhere.
On the way through the main doors, Trow had boasted about a surprise in class today. If I'd learned one thing since I'd arrived here, it was that advance knowledge made it easier to prepare an appropriate reaction.
"Bet Ben's going to flip," Trow said.
Beth's initial response was too quiet to catch. Praying they wouldn't notice, I reduced the distance between us to just under what was socially acceptable, but all I heard was a mumble. I slunk after them into Modern History class.
Trow's elbow almost grazed my face as he snagged Beth's sleeve and leaned toward her. Feigning preoccupation with my textbook, I hugged their backs, my ears wide open.
"You know Ben has major issues with Relatives, right?" he asked. "Well, Mrs. Knapp's going to introduce us to one."
Just inside the door, my amygdala went hyper, neurons fired, and adrenaline flushed throughout my human body. I stopped cold, and if I hadn't known better, I would have been sure my heart had stopped too. Someone behind me didn't notice me standing stupidly in the way and smacked into my back.
I whirled around. It was the new guy who'd been sitting at the rear of the classroom since last week.
"Sorry," I stammered, as my brain scrambled for composure.
Introduction to a Relative? That was impossible. Trow didn't mean me. He couldn't mean me.