Got to calm down, I take a deep breath and close my eyes. Calm down, deep breath. I try to think of peaceful images: a beach, a mountain stream, Trista’s head on a spear—okay, that’s not helpful, and this is not working. Then I hear Abby whimper and open my eyes to see her cradling her left wrist close to her chest.
“You okay?” I ask, trying not to see her chin tremble or the tears filling her eyes.
“My wrist,” she squeezes out between the lips she’s trying to keep tightly closed so that she won’t break down. “I must have fallen on it. I think it might be broken.”
Her eyes convey clearly what she’s about to do.
“Don’t you cry in front of them,” I whisper.
“Ah is wittle Abby Wabby gonna cry,” says Sasquatch girl, rubbing her fists over her eyes to mimic a baby. She bends down closer to Abby.
When Abby drops her head and a single tear splashes on her injured wrist, the volcano erupts. I feel a tingle in my feet and hands. The tingle moves quickly up my legs and arms. When it reaches my chest, the tingle becomes a burst. I squeeze my eyes closed again, this time as tightly as possible, trying to push the feeling back down because I know what’s going to happen. I am struggling, and I am failing.
Behind my eyelids, I actually see a tiny light like a dot at the end of a long tunnel. It grows, becoming larger and larger, and I envision a freight train speeding down a track. The light grows until it bursts like an exploding star.I open my eyes, and everything looks different, like tunnel vision only around the edges there is bright, white light, and locking on my target, I realize I have lost control.
When Vivian Cartwright was five years old, she witnessed her mother’s death.
Now, sixteen-year-old Vivian only wants a normal life—hard to accomplish when you possess the power to control energy. Her entire life she has feared her power and its connection to her mother’s murder. She has kept her ability a secret from everyone except her guardian, Charlotte, who has hidden Vivian from the man responsible for her mother’s murder.
Her secret is safe until Vivian subconsciously defends herself at school using her power. After this first use of her gift in many years, Vivian’s power seems to take on a mind of its own, increasing in strength and demanding to be used. This increase in power also brings dreams of her mother’s death and the mysterious man connected with it. When she is assigned to tutor the would-be boyfriend of Trista Parmer (a.k.a. the biggest diva in school), Vivian cannot deny the electrifying connection that she feels for the boy, Easton Garrett. In her desire to get Easton away from Vivian, Trista doubles her efforts to humiliate Vivian, forcing Vivian to use her supernatural gift over and over. With each use, Vivian fears she is losing control and discovers her powers are growing—maybe too much—bringing her unknowingly closer to the man who murdered her mother.
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