By S.D. Wasley
Sixteen year old Mimi Alston has company. No less than three ghosts follow her around, and only she can see them. At her last school, she was known as the girl with imaginary friends. Now Mimi’s starting fresh in a new town, where she’s determined to make some real friends and fit in for once. She’s ready for a normal life...except Mimi never counted on her fascination with troubled goth-boy, Drew.
When she’s invited to join the elite Gifted Program, Mimi discovers she’s not the only one at the school with an unusual talent. Maybe being normal isn’t even an option anymore.
YA Paranormal Romance. Suspense
Released Jan. 23rd / Evernight Teen / 69.5k
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I could see our teacher watching the black-haired boy staring at the carpet. “Drew,” Ms Deering said firmly. Maybe she’d had enough of his moody tantrums. “What’s been going on for you this week?”
The silence went on for so long I nearly giggled nervously into it, but suddenly Drew answered.
“There was a silver bus coming fast round a bend. A tiny dog with a diamante collar … A tarnished coin in a red case.”
I noticed out of the corner of my eye that Mona was scribbling notes. She’d written, silver bus, small dog diamante collar, coin in red case. What could be so important about those three things that she would write them down?
“Thank you, Drew,” Ms Deering said politely.
She spent the rest of the class explaining the significance of the number seven. I guess because there were seven of us. I could hardly believe the sheer amount of spiritual and magical weight the number had, across the world and through history. When the bell rang, signalling the end of class, I saw Drew rise quickly to leave and jumped out of my seat to follow him.
“Hey,” I said, pretending that I also just happened to be walking super-fast to my next class. “I was wondering … would you tell me what your gift is? I mean, I know about everyone else’s now, but not yours.”
Drew slowed to a halt and turned to face me, his eyes coming up to meet mine in an oddly cautious manner. I felt my heart rate hike a couple of notches as I looked back at him. Some decision was made in his head and he glanced around us to see if anyone was hovering. The coast was clear.
“Skip class with me,” he said. “Let’s go for a walk. I’ll fill you in.”
Uh, right. Firstly, I had never skipped out from school before. The worst I’d done was fake illness to get out of sports, kind of like I’d done on Monday, to escape the argument with Drew. Never a full-scale AWOL scenario. Secondly, I was confused. Did Drew fear me, loathe me, scorn me or pity me? I was pretty sure there were no positive feelings in there. So why was he suddenly willing to spend time with me? Could there have been something to Gabe’s comment about Drew being drawn to me?
I made an irrational decision even I myself totally failed to understand. I nodded and stuffed my notebook into my bag.
S.D. Wasley was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia.
She has been composing literary works since before she could write – at five years of age she announced her first poem in the kitchen, improv-style. Today, she lives in the Swan Valley wine region with her two daughters, surrounded by dogs, cats and chickens.
The Seventh is S.D. Wasley’s debut novel.