Name: Natasha Hawkins
Title: EVENING STAR
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Tagline: 1.76 seconds. The time it takes seventeen-year-old Abigail Montgomery to plunge forty feet to almost certain death. 1.52 seconds. The time it takes her Watcher to pull her from its clutches.
1st 250 Words:
Here lies Abigail Montgomery. Devoted daughter. Sister. Dog-lover.
At least, that’s what I worry will be chiseled into the grave marker above my eternal resting place if I’m not careful. If my emotions get the best of me.
A musical sound tangles through the sea breeze and floats into my ear. “Don’t jump,” it says. A warm stir of air seals its plea against my temple like a set of pulsating lips laced with honeysuckle and citrus.
“I won’t,” I whisper aloud, even though there’s not another living person on this deserted pier. The same pier at La Paz Beach that Gram and I would buy caramel popcorn each summer I came to visit Santa Flora.
Carefully, I cross over the railings that are designed to keep people from accidently falling over the edge, and white knuckle the wood rail behind me. There is no false protection in front of me now. In fact, there’s nothing but the murky black of an unrelenting ocean; the dark, swirling water forty feet below taunting me.
But I didn’t come here to jump. No. Death is the last thing I want. I came to the pier to remember Gram. To honor her memory. To feel close to her.
A residual warmness still lingers in the briny air despite the sun dipping below the horizon hours ago. Sorrow fills me as I think of the sun. Even though I can still feel my grandmother's love like the sun’s faithful warmth, unlike my Gram the sun will return in the morning, spread its arms and embrace the world with its comforting rays. Gram will not.