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A girl’s sweet sixteen party is supposed to be among the most memorable events of her life. But on the night of hers, Mercy Clare wakes in the waiting room of a hospital with no memory of how she got there. To make matters worse, she’s wearing something she’d never be caught dead in: her best friend Lyla’s clothes.
Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor arrives to tell her that it’s she who lies in the hospital bed waiting to die. A trip to the bathroom confirms Mercy’s fears, as Lyla’s face stares back at her and Lyla’s curvy figure pokes through her tight clothes.
But finding out what’s really going on won’t be easy. Because if Mercy wants her body back, it might just cost her Lyla’s life.
* * *
“What do we do now?” My voice breaks the silence.
“I’m thinking,” Gage answers.
“Wait!” A thought occurs to me. “Did you find Rae? Is sheokay? Is she here?” Gage slowly shakes his head. I don’t know whether or not that means she’s dead or alive.
“They took her.” Nathaniel speaks in a cool tone. “Interesting.”
“Why do you say it like that?” I ask.
Nathaniel tilts his head to the side and smirks at Gage.“Why don’t we let him tell you.”
“Not again.” I turn to Gage. “Are you keeping more secrets from me?”
Gage’s lips curl inward as he glowers at Nathaniel.
“Gage,” I say again. “What’s going on?”
His mouth barely moves when he says, “It’s complicated.”
Nathaniel laughs to himself. “That’s an understatement.”
I feel like the monkey in the middle. Their routine of knowing things that I don’t know and keeping them from me is tiring. It’s time to dig deep and find Lyla’s strength.
Crossing my arms over my chest I pop one foot out, the way Lyla always does when she’s being defiant or stubborn. “You two are going to tell me what’s going on right now. Or I’m walking out this door and to hell with you both.”
Nathaniel suppresses a smile while Gage’s mouth hangs open.
“Well,” I continue, “which is it gonna be?”
Caroline T Patti is the author of The World Spins Madly On and Too Late To Apologize. When she’s not writing, she’s a school librarian, mother of two, wife, avid reader and Green Bay Packer fan. You can chat with her on Twitter:@carepatti or find her onFacebook.
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