TITLE: GODDESS UNLEASHED
GENRE: YA URBAN FANTASY
Elara Alexander’s chin quivered, all her insecurities simmering underneath the surface, about to boil over. That last insult, the one about being diseased, had been the tipping point, hitting a little too close to home. The blood drained from her face. A tingling sensation sparked her body. Her legs went weak, the dizziness set in, her breathing rapid. A panic attack.
Her eyes swept the perimeter of the hallway. Empty. She dropped her book bag to the ground, placed her hands on her knees, and leaned against one of the carved wooden lockers, inhaling deeply through her nose, focusing on exhaling very slowly.
Get a grip. Nobody here knows what happened. You can deal. Now, breathe.
Her mouth became dry. An overpowering numbness snaked into both arms, and then Elara’s worst fears came true. She saw things, things that weren’t there, things that couldn’t be possible. It had happened once before over the summer. But not like this.
Across the hall, every time she exhaled, the lockers swelled out, the floral carvings bulging, breathing with her, in and out. She squeezed her eyes shut, but the locker behind her pressed against her back, undulating as she inhaled, caving in when she released her breath, the wood creaking and groaning. Elara slid to the floor, a heaviness infusing her brain, the pain almost electric, pulsing and throbbing as if all her nerves were exposed.
Please, if there’s a higher power out there, please, tell me I’m not going crazy.