Name: Seabrooke Nancy
Book Title: WHERE SECRETS ARE HIDDEN
Genre: YA Light Sci-fi
When Indigo’s parents go missing she discovers they experimented on her as a baby and the resulting new mental abilities they’ve kept secret all these years will be the key to rescuing them, if she can just figure out how to use them.
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I loved Max, but there were few things I hated more than cleaning his litterbox. I stood several feet away, using my mind to open the waste bin and rake through the gravel. It spilled less if I scooped it by hand, but with mindbending I didn’t have to actually touch anything.
«I want you to know I’m cleaning the cat box,» I called up to Mom, using mindspeak to make sure she heard clearly. There was no response, but that didn’t surprise me; like most adults, Mom couldn’t broadcast far. «Unasked.» I was hoping to get out of doing the dishes tonight so my best friend Raji and I could go see a cheap Tuesday movie.
Max sat and watched, head cocked, as the scoop moved by itself through the air. As soon as I was done and had put the lid back on the bin I bent down to gather him up in my arms; he hated it when I picked him up with ‘bending. He went limp, starting to purr.
“The things I do for you,” I said. He closed his eyes contentedly.
When I came up the stairs Mom was standing at the kitchen sink, staring blankly out the window, worry creasing her brow. I paused, frowning. “Mom?”
She shook her head, composing her face as she turned, and smiled to me. “Thanks for cleaning the litterbox, Indigo.”
Max started to squirm and I set him down distractedly. It took a lot to worry Mom. “What’s wrong?”