Jule Welsh can sing. She enthralls people with her bel canto voice. But it takes more than practice to reach her level of exquisite song; it takes siren’s blood running through her veins. Jule is starting her senior year at Cougar Creek High when her relatively normal world begins to resemble a roller coaster flying through a carnival scare house. Her mother is diagnosed as insane and committed, a psycho-stalker is snapping pictures of her to put into his homemade Jule-shrine, her voice is suddenly putting people into comatose trances, oh and the gorgeous new guy in town, Luke Whitmore, is interested in her . . . but also wants to kill her.
I put one foot in front of the other. The halls have cleared out. I must be walking slowly, but Carly will wait for me in the parking lot. I just want to go home and crawl into my sweats with a cup of hot cocoa.
I step around the corner and jerk back to press against the wall. Taylin is talking to Luke at his locker. I can hear them easily.
“It’s her, isn’t it?” she hisses like a viper.
“I don’t know,” he answers evenly. “Something’s there. I feel…different.” He hesitates. “Happy.”
“Crazy,” Taylin says and I hear her flop back against the metal doors.
Who are they talking about? I remain still, my eyes scanning the now-empty hallway. I stare at my notebook to eavesdrop without looking quite so obvious.
“Shit, Lucas…Mathias and I just found you again. We don’t want to lose you.”
“You’re not going to lose me.”
“How do you know that? If you kill–”
“I’m not going to kill anyone,” he whispers.
Kill? I can’t swallow. My mouth is the Sahara. I lean back against the cool locker doors and hope they haven’t seen me. Who could Taylin think he’s tempted to kill? The harsh brutality in his dark eyes yesterday flashes in the back of my closed eyelids.
“Hey!” A deep voice chops through me with precision, blasting my shallow breathing to smithereens.
About the Author:
The ancient magic and lush beauty of Great Britain entranced Ms. McCollum’s heart and imagination when she visited there years ago. The country’s history and landscape have been a backdrop for her writing ever since. She currently resides with her very own Highland hero and three spirited children in the wilds of suburbia on the mid-Atlantic coast.