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A girl’s sweet sixteen party is supposed to be among the most memorable events of her life. But on the night of hers, Mercy Clare wakes in the waiting room of a hospital with no memory of how she got there. To make matters worse, she’s wearing something she’d never be caught dead in: her best friend Lyla’s clothes.Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor arrives to tell her that it’s she who lies in the hospital bed waiting to die. A trip to the bathroom confirms Mercy’s fears, as Lyla’s face stares back at her and Lyla’s curvy figure pokes through her tight clothes.But finding out what’s really going on won’t be easy. Because if Mercy wants her body back, it might just cost her Lyla’s life.
Nathaniel begins rooting around. “What are you doing?” I ask him.
“I’m looking for something sharp, like a glass bottle. Beuseful and help me.”
This is the part of our plan that I dread, the part wherewe dispose of Darren. The internal conflict is undeniable, but there isn’t time to dwell so I help Nathaniel until eventually we find what we’re looking for.
“Here.” I hand him an empty beer bottle.
“I thought for sure you’d want to do the honors.”
“Just do it and get it over with.”
Nathaniel bashes the bottle against the side of the building, breaking it in half. Jagged edged and sharp, the bottle is now a weapon. Nathaniel uses it to end the life of Darren the bellhop. The body falls to the ground and I drag it into the nearby bushes, concealing it the best I can. While I hide the evidence,Nathaniel returns to form.
* * *
Not only am I in another body, I’m in someone else’s dead body. I can see it in the broken blood vessels around the eyeballs, the chalky blue of the lips.
It makes sense now, my attacker’s reaction. He thought she came back from the dead. She did—in a way.
This is bad. This is very, very bad.
“You’re prettier than she is,” Nathaniel says from behind me.
My eyes catch his reflection in the mirror. I flinch and spin around to face him.
I scream at him. “I’m in a dead body!” “And whose fault is that?” He gives me a stern look.
Caroline T Patti is the author of The World Spins Madly On and Too Late To Apologize. When she’s not writing, she’s a school librarian, mother of two, wife, avid reader and Green Bay Packer fan. You can chat with her on Twitter:@carepatti or find her onFacebook.
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