THE DRAGON WARRIOR X PJO
When 12 y/o Cambodian witch Aspen’s ancestors go missing, her family becomes plagued with bad luck. She must journey across the country in search of the spirit realm to save her ancestors and lift the curse before it’s too late.
I didn’t mean to burn Gabi’s hair. It just sort of happened. A harmless-ish mistake.
I headed out of band class with my drumsticks in hand. People brushed past me in the Monday rush, a shoulder sending me into one of the stone cold lockers.
That was when I heard the murmurs. They came from all around, and although I couldn’t make sense of what anyone was saying, I could gather that it had something to do with me. Sensing my classmates’ eyes burning into the back of my head, my heartbeat began racing. I swallowed in a deep breath and tried to calm myself. People said things all the time. Then again, my intuition said something was wrong, and it never lied.
“What?” I snapped, twisting to a group of students close behind.
Several of them sprinted away or avoided my glare. Then, to my left, I heard something that made my blood boil.
“Aspen is going to go off,” whispered a boy to his friend.
I locked my gaze onto him, watching the boy lean back against the locker. A drip of sweat glistened upon his tan skin as he clenched his teeth.
“What’s going on?” I demanded.
“Um…RJ,” he stuttered.
I didn’t need to hear the rest. I was already running through the hallways. Teachers yelled at me to slow down, but my best friend was in danger and that was a no-go in my book.
My red checkered Vans pounded on the concrete floor in tune with my beating heart.