TITLE: Nitty Gritty
GENRE: YA Novel
Fifteen-year-old Marissa has the power to hear people in need. Unfortunately, that power has some kinks in it until the night of school dance when Marissa clearly hears her ex-best friend crying out for help and discovers she’s not the only one with a link to the helpless.
“Would you like to dance?” Jake asked. He extended his hand toward me like this was all normal.
I shook my head. Nothing about this was even remotely normal. “I need to go home, Jake. Something’s come up with Aunt Celeste,” I lied, looking to escape this whole screwy scene.
“Fine. I’ll take you.” And then he gave me that annoyingly cute smirk of his. “After this dance.” He took my hand and pulled me onto the floor where the couples swayed to the slow song coming through the speakers.
I sighed and let him pull me closer.
“So what did Carrie say?” he asked softly in my ear.
My body jerked away from his, but he kept me firmly in his arms and pulled me in again. I glued my eyes to his.
Then he dipped his head and whispered, “I know, Rissa. Emily does, too. Or at least she knows you heard something from somebody.”
I swallowed, stuck between total shock and absolute confusion. Only Dad had ever called me Rissa. Ever. And here was this guy I’d met less than two months ago using it as if he knew. “What exactly do you know?” I whispered back.
“You’re a radio antenna.”
I jerked back again. Jake Morrone had heard my private thoughts. He had to. I never told anyone what I dubbed myself.
“Don’t worry.” He whispered again in my ear, sending warm shivers down my body. “I’m one, too.”