Kicked out of private school, Allen has to brave a public high school where most of the kids don’t know supernatural creatures exist. He expects to be miserable, but he finds himself romantically pursued by two people: a shy, but fascinating boy named Jeremy and a spunky girl named Chloe. The demon in Allen wants to feed off Chloe, but the human part of him is falling for Jeremy. Which will win?
Author: Sara Codair
Release Date: October 23, 2017
Format: ePub, Mobi, PDF
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Word Count: 7700
Sex Content: Non-Explicit
Sara Codair © 2017
All Rights Reserved
“Just try to blend in, Allen,” said Aunty Karin as she watched me step out of her cruiser. “Act as human as you can.”
“All right. I promise I’ll follow all the rules.” I gave her my best good-boy smile and hoped she didn’t realize I was so scared I nearly peed myself.
It was my first day of tenth grade in the public school system. Since preschool, I’d gone to a small Catholic academy run by the order of demon-hunting nuns my aunt used to belong to. While I always felt the need to rebel against their strict rules, the presence of crucifixes, holy water, and the threat of death kept the demon half of me in check. My worst crime had been getting so much epoxy stuck in a girl’s hair that she had to shave her head. Of course, that had been enough to get me expelled.
“I mean it,” said Aunty Karin. Her eyes were hidden behind dark aviator glasses, and her lips were set in a frown. “Just because the sisters aren’t watching you doesn’t mean I’m not.”
“I know,” I said, staring up at the trio of pixies. They were as tall as unsharpened pencils, with gossamer wings and neon hair. They were fairly intelligent creatures, but their loyalty could be purchased with a lifetime supply of chocolate bars. I tried to get them to defect once so I could go see a movie with my classmates, but either they were smart enough to know I didn’t have the resources to top her bargain, or there was more than the chocolate keeping them loyal.
“Tell me what you know.” Aunty Karin leaned across the empty passenger seat.
“I’ll keep to myself and ignore girls, especially the ones I find attractive.”
“Good. Now hurry up and get to your homeroom.” Aunty Karin rolled up the window on her cruiser and drove off, leaving me alone with a high school full of “normal” teens who had no clue how dangerous I could be.
Walking across the dying yellow grass felt like it took years, so I just kept my eyes fixed on the brick building that didn’t have enough windows. I didn’t notice the other kids until I nearly walked into one.
“Watch where you’re going,” said a girl with chestnut hair and hazel eyes. Her cheeks were plump and rosy, her chin resembled an upside down heart, and her lips were like a new piece of bubblegum just waiting to be chewed.
“Sorry,” I muttered to her feet, which were clad in neon-green rain boots. I wanted to ask her why she was wearing rain boots on a sunny day, but I was afraid she’d think it was rude. So instead, I said, “I’m new here. My name is Allen.”
She chewed on her bubblegum lips. “I’m Chloe Green.”
I stared, unsure what to say next. Her eyes reminded me of tide pools—blue water with green rockweed waving around in the current.
“Maybe I’ll see you around,” she said and walked off to join a group of girls who were giggling so much they were turning purple.
I watched her join the gaggle. She kept sneaking glances at me as her friends whispered and laughed. I felt warmth emanating from her group, and I desperately wanted to be part of it.