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Now, to my submission.
Word count: 236
Title: EVERVEIL Book 1 of Uncommon Chronicles
Genre: YA Paranormal
Summers are supposed to end with a bang. Mine ended with Vivvie dying in my arms, leaving this emptiness inside of me. I was too chicken to tell her how I really felt. That made it worse. But at sixteen, death was the furthest thing from our thoughts.
I didn’t know how to play well with others-- still don’t, honestly-- but Vivvie seemed happy with me, just as I was. Now I’m doing extra work at school because my guidance counselor thinks it’ll help me deal with the grief. Kids who never looked my way shot me second glances, not the kind that made me feel appreciated. Others whispered to one another when I passed by. None of them said a word, not even a, “Sorry for your loss.” I knew what they’re thinking. I think it as well.
I was in the accident, too. I should have saved her.
Better yet, it should have been me.
Mom’s been extra clingy lately, the only person who’s glad I survived. I’m still not sure how and can’t help questioning why. With longer mixed martial arts sessions, I shouldn’t have any time for this grieving business. But it’s there. Nothing I do fills the void. The absence is unbearable. Her smile, her laughter, her head on my shoulder whenever she wanted to talk. I never realized I’d miss the smell of apricot shampoo so badly.