TITLE: This Yellow Morning
AGE CATEGORY: Young Adult
GENRE: Contemporary Thriller
WORD COUNT: 72,000
Schizophrenic Sarah finds out that three missing kids has everything to do with her. WE WERE LIARS meets THIRTEEN REASONS WHY.
I woke up knowing that my life was inside out. There was a warning on the back of my eyelids, a trigger to remind me that nothing was as it should have been. I woke up with a color on my mind. Yellow. And then, just as abruptly, I forgot.
My stepsister, Kylie, sat at the foot of my bed. She made a face at me when she saw that I was awake. “You’d better get up. You’re going to be late.”
I squinted at her. “What are you doing here?”
“I’m being a good sister,” she said, as if that was very likely at all. She clicked her tongue on the inside of her cheek. “Like I said: so late.”
That was when it happened.
Her face flickered. One second, she was Kylie. The next, she was not. Something horrible and impossible took her place. *Yellow*.
I scrambled up.
Kylie blinked and it was gone.
“Oh, there she goes,” she giggled, retreating to the closet.
Kylie was almost eighteen, pretty despite the fact that she was one of the girls with a permanent scowl on her face. She had bad taste in boys and hobbies, but she took good care of me and I wasn’t easy to take care of. I loved her.
My eyes itched. I rubbed them. “Where’s Dad?”
“Passed out on the couch,” Kylie replied without turning around. Her voice changed though, the way it always did when I brought up my dad.