My first self-published novel being released later this year is Secrets of the Tenari, a YA paranormal/fantasy. This excerpt taken from Chapter 2, is not a final edit. Introducing the wickedly clever, Emma Cole. Enjoy :).
“. . . Why is that Emma, what makes you feel this way?” Dr. Marlene Evers tried her best with me. I could tell she felt she was making tremendous headway each time I opened my mouth to speak. I told her all the things I knew she wanted to hear. I manufactured tears at all the right moments, and nodded understandingly whenever she let me into her own thoughts about my situation.
“It’s the people, how they all look at me, like I’m some kind of weirdo. Like, that orphan girl, like they never even knew me before it happened,” I said solemnly and watched as the doctor made notes on her iPad. She was a plump, brown-haired woman, with blank, gray eyes that were strange to look at against her pale complexion and unbecoming of her profession, as they made her appear completely lost. I knew she meant well, but I was not interested in revealing myself to this appointed psychologist I’d been saddled with.
My guidance counsellor had suggested it after the incident and in order to make the entire ordeal be over as quickly and painlessly as possible, I’d agreed to sessions. I didn’t want anyone poking into my life any more than they had to.
“And the dreams, are you still having them?” I’m about to have one the minute this is over, I thought to myself. Instead I looked down at my clasped hands for just the right amount of time before answering.
“Yes, they’re terrifying. I become some kind of wild animal and tear at anyone in my way limb from limb,” I shivered voluntarily as Dr. Evers scribbled away with her stylus. This was one good thing about the entire affair. I’d literally told the woman everything I knew about my people and what I could change into, but she believed they were nothing more than dreams. It was hilarious.