By Gena Showalter
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Judging by a few frozen expressions, some were probably already dead. Erik’s hands clenched at his sides. What senseless deaths. Preventable and unnecessarily cruel. They so easily could have been saved. Scowling, he exited at his stop. Warm sunlight instantly washed over him, attracted to the black jacket, T-shirt, and jeans he wore. Inconspicuous and forgettable clothing no matter who stood around him. He performed another perimeter check. Still nothing suspicious. So close to being done, he thought, his relief so potent it overshadowed his disgust.
A boy who rarely glanced in my direction, despite the fact that staring at him had become my favorite hobby. “I told you,” Shanel said. ” Silver and Erik were best friends and the hottest boys at our school. While Erik was human, Silver was an Outer. A Morevv, one of the most beautiful races I’d ever encountered. I admit it: I wouldn’t mind looking like a Morevv, with creamy skin and angelic facial features. Truly, Silver was the only fully accepted alien I knew. Shanel wanted him; I wanted Erik (obviously).
But I was simply too weak. I watched as one of the Ell Rollises stepped over me and exited the door I’d entered. Erik and Silver approached Half-Mask, and soon all three were hovering over me, staring, taking my measure. “Don’t hurt my friend,” I said. “Please. ” No one replied. I focused on Erik, but his familiar face didn’t give me comfort. He was frowning and I could see sparks of anger in his brown eyes. Would he let them hurt Shanel? He might. Really, what did I know about him? The boy I’d always imagined kissing wouldn’t have taunted me with a blank napkin.