Title: IN MY BLOOD
Genre: Sci-Fi, YA
Word Count: 100,000
Zachary’s just reached his breaking point, now that he’s been forced to become a living, breathing weapon.
He’s the prized achievement of the Coalition Project, a classified project to cure diseases and develop bioweapons through genetic engineering. Because dolphins don’t suffer from diabetes, Zachary was engineered with dolphin DNA. With the exception of his strange eyes, he looks like an average 18 year old. But his hybrid blood holds the key to saving millions of people.
When federal budgets are cut, Zachary’s expected to be more than a source of blood for research. Military doctors give him a powerful new skill: attack biosonar. The problem? He can’t control it, making him deadly to everyone around him. Soon, a strange girl arrives to train Zachary to use the biosonar. Zoe is also a hybrid, but she’s a soldier – experienced, beautiful…and violent, with a dark past. She shatters his world into chaos, awakening his animal instincts. Before long, he’s uncertain if he wants to mate with her, or fight her to the death.
Just as Zachary learns to harness the biosonar, a mysterious investor assumes control of the diabetes cure project. Is Zachary more valuable as a hybrid soldier, or a glorified lab animal? He’s got discover where he and Zoe fit into a world that insists on defining them only by their DNA makeup.
Hard, sharp pebbles and uneven rocks sliced into the soles of my feet as I ran, driving me even faster over the dark hillside to limit my bare skin’s contact with the ground. I didn’t slow to look behind me, even though someone had to be following me by now.
I’d been running from the Complex for at least twenty minutes. It felt cold out for June. I wove between short bushes and weeds, firing my sonar to avoid large rocks that could cut my skin and leave a trail. I didn’t have a chance if they used dogs to find me, especially if I was bleeding everywhere I stepped. Blood would also let them know I was hurt in some way, and I didn’t want to give them any ideas.
I wasn’t going to make it easy for them to take me back in. Not this time. I was going to be stronger, faster and smarter than them.
A flickering headlight darted through the thin trees on the side of the road, so I dropped to my knees and froze. The car’s engine groaned louder as it drove closer to where I was hiding. I sucked my breath in and waited.
It passed without slowing down. I didn’t move until it was far enough away that I couldn’t hear it anymore before I stood back up and continued in the direction of the shoreline.
I wish I’d had more time. I would have grabbed shoes.