Sunday, October 12, 2014

Team Mutant Charm Entry 7: STOWAWAY, YA Fantasy

Genre: YA Fantasy
Title: Stowaway
Word Count: 64,000
Hero: Jean Grey: Mae is the quiet one who doesn't know she has the power to change everything.
In an effort to spice up her life, Mae helps her friend conduct a séance. But instead of summoning the dead, she is sent back in time to a man on Titanic--and can't leave.
250 Words:

I know three things about séances: (1) if done right, (supposedly) you can talk to the dead, (2) you need candles, lots and lots of candles, and (3) witches perform them.

No, scratch that. Wiccans perform them. My friend Abigail was quick to point that out the first time I called her a witch. “Wicca is a spiritual practice. A peaceful polytheistic religion. We don’t ride brooms, Mae.”  

If there was a contest to see who’s weirder, me or Abby, she’d win. Hands down, 100%, no questions asked, win. And tonight I’m supposed to help her conduct her first séance, because, like always, she managed to coerce me into her weird little world.  I should get a gold medal for this crap.

I can only hope “talking to dead people” isn't as scary as it sounds. Abby knows I can’t sit through half a horror movie before I run out of the theater with my tail between my legs. So this better not be scary. And it’s not like she's trying to contact a long lost relative or someone cool like Eleanor Roosevelt. No, that would make too much sense. Abby’s trying to find a boyfriend, a new dead boyfriend. She’s been scanning the school’s microfilm for weeks looking at old newspaper obituaries, trying to find “the one.” 

My best friend, the freak.

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