GENRE: YA FANTASY
Gwen was nearly dead when and angel of death offered her a second chance at life. If Gwen acts as grim reaper and claims a couple souls, life will be hers. But then she learns that one of the souls she must claim is childhood crush James. James sees her (at her own funeral no less) and follows her as she tries to run away. He catches up to her in the street, but before she has a chance to answer his questions...
I saw the collision in my mind first, wincing as the violent image crashed into my consciousness. But the bus wasn't meant for me, it was meant for James. The bus with screaming brakes that would fail to stop, the bus that brought James' accidental death.
My eyes widened as this new knowledge overpowered my mind.
Then I heard the screeching breaks, and I quickly twisted my head to the right. I felt so helpless as I spotted the massive wall of bus that sped dangerously to where we stood. It was unstoppable, it was unavoidable. And it would kill James, my James, instantly.
James heard the noise as well, and I saw his mouth fall open in horror as realization flashed across his eyes. We had been standing in the street, oblivious to the world, and now the world was going to claim his life.
Time seemed to slow, every one of my quickened heartbeats seemed like a lifetime, and everything was suddenly so clear.
Lost in a moment of rash irresponsibility, I did the first thing I could think of.
Placing my palms squarely against James' chest, carefully avoiding skin contact, I pushed, and knocked him to the sidewalk. He was safe, and out of the way of the oncoming bus.
I looked up just in time to see the wall of bus collide with my face.