Title: SEEING SHADOWS
Genre: YA Paranormal Suspense
Word Count: 81,000
Seventeen-year-old Skylar is very skeptical of her crazy great aunt's psychic ability. And even more skeptical of her aunt's insistence that she's inherited it. But now she's having flashes of the future. She thinks she's just imagining them until she sees a classmate in a bloody bathtub, and two days later hears that the girl committed suicide.
Skylar wants no part of this invasive ability. But when a vision reveals that her classmate was actually murdered, and that Andrei, her best friend and long-time crush, was involved, she has no choice but to embrace her ability to find the murderer. Hopefully before the vision of getting shot comes true, but after she tells Andrei how she really feels about him.
The first time it happened I was only nine years old. We were at a funeral and when I saw my dad tear up, I slipped my little hand into his big, sturdy one. His sadness hit me like a dodge ball to the chest. I started crying so hard that my mom had to carry me out. We passed grieving family members, shaking their heads at me in disapproval and confusion, making it worse. But no one was more confused about it than me.
Later, at the reception, my great aunt, Annie Veronica Scotts, found me sitting alone in the swinging chair on the porch. She pulled off one of the many colorful scarves she wore, wrapped it around my neck, peered at me through her jewel-encrusted horn rims and whispered, "You're gonna be just like me Skylar Belle."
It seriously freaked me out.
As I grew up I heard all sorts of stories about her, but saw her less and less. Which was fine with me. My grandmother had sort of been the bridge between weird Annie V. and the rest of us. So when she passed, I guess the family kind of accidentally-on-purpose forgot to invite Annie V. to stuff.
That's why I never saw it coming.
You didn't have to have my ability to pick up on other people's emotions to see how happy Mom was as she came dancing into the living room. I was all cozied up in the recliner with a strawberry-banana smoothie enjoying the new, tremendous flat screen.