Name: Stacey Hays
Genre: YA Paranormal crossover Speculative Fiction
Tagline: Seventeen-year-old Derek Weber must travel to the underworld and find the culprits responsible for hijacking his shipment of souls before war is raged on the reaping world. Too bad sixteen-year-old Kansas is caught in the cross fire.
First 250 words:
I yelled from across the massive bonfire when I sent a perfectly elevated pig skin, spiraling through the air. It’s caught by Tallahassee’s most talented wide receiver and he is wobbling from an alcoholic stupor. Still, with hardly any effort at all, he caught the football and tucked it underneath his arm like a natural, born to play football while being drunk.
“Touchdown! Tallahassee wins their fourth consecutive state championship, beating out the Miami City Purples! Haaaaaaaa, haaaaaaa. And the crowds go wild. Derek the D-Man Weber makes another touchdown pass to the crazy, unforgettable, most magnificent best friend ever, Travis Dean Bird!” Travis ran around the huge fire, between the wild Raiders fans, red solo cup in hand, reliving the last three hours of our football success.
“Untouchable, unforgettable, number one ranked team in the nation. No one can beat us, and no team can defeat us!” His massive receiving hands tore off the raider flag attached to the tailgate of his truck and he waved it passionately through the air wrapping it around himself like Caesar.
My lungs convulsed, I laughed while my best friend chugged the remnants of his cup and continued running around the student body, screaming football quotes like an idiot. His screaming antics died out and the only real noise left is the crackling fire in which I purposefully place myself next to, alongside the other drunken high-schooler’s who felt socially obligated to attend.