Just a short excerpt from the YA I'm working on.
Jesse crossed Maple Street in second gear. He hadn't said a word, and neither had Pepper. Charlie's words had shaken them. What did he mean, activate her mom's bracelet? And they would take her? It was obvious, Charlie had become obsessed.
Jesse glanced at his watch. Four-thirty. "Shit," he said, turning his ball cap backwards. "We need to hurry up and get home. We don't have much time."
Pepper sat stiff against the window. Her arms, crossed under her breast like she was mad. But he knew she wasn't.
With a quick flick of his finger, Jesse turned the wipers on high, hurling snow high into the crisp night air. "Penny for your thoughts," he said, trying to break the somber mood.
Pepper tilted her head back against the seat. A slight smile wrinkle her lips as she scooted closer to him. "What would I do without you," she whispered, snuggling her face into his broad shoulder.
"Like I've said before, let's not find out," he answered. "We're a team. We take care of each other. Right?"
Pepper relaxed with the warmth of Jesse's body. The slow hum of the truck's engine slowed her breath, calming her nerves. She wasn't fully convinced that Charlie was telling all he knew. In her wildest dreams, she would've never imagined what was about to happen tonight at the cave. She squeezed Jesse's arm. "Right."
At exactly seven o'clock, Dee Dee rang Pepper's doorbell. "Hey, you guys in there?" She wasn't one for patience.
Pepper had barely opened the front door, when Dee tore by her, throwing her down jacket and backpack onto the couch. Her face, flushed with excitement. "Well, I'm drunk with the thought of seeing them. What time is the landing?"
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