Two months after dying, seventeen-year-old witch Graylee Perez wakes up in her twin sister Charlene’s body.
Until Gray finds a way back inside her own body, she’s stuck being Charlene every twenty-hour hours. Her sister has left precise instructions on how Gray should dress and behave. Looking like a prep isn’t half as bad as hanging out with Charlene’s snotty friends and gropey boyfriend.
The “normals” of McKinley High might be quick to write her behavior off as post-traumatic stress, but warlock Raj McKenna is the only person who suspects Gray has returned from the dead.
Now Gray has to solve the mystery of her death and resurrection and disentangle herself from Charlene’s body before she disappears for good.
(Entangled, Spellbound #1)
IN THIS SCENE: On Friday, April 1st, Gray goes to school unaware of the fact that she died and is now inside her twin sister Charlene’s body.
Mr. Burke turned to face the class with his attendance sheet. The moment his eyes left the paper, they landed on Gray. “Miss Perez,” he said, startled. “What are you doing in my class?”
So even the teachers were in on it.
Gray swallowed. Her heart hammered inside her chest. Everyone stared at her. It was like some horrible nightmare. Maybe the coven was punishing her for performing magic at school. Enough to manipulate reality? She couldn’t begin to imagine the kind of power that’d take, followed by the repairs and brain washes at the conclusion of her day of humiliation. It didn’t make any sense.
“The same thing I do every day, learning math under your tutelage, Mr. Burke,” Gray answered. Maybe she could get him to crack a smile and admit he couldn’t keep a straight face any longer.
But Mr. Burke didn’t smile. His jaw tensed. “Is this a joke?”
She would have liked to ask him the same question, but Mr. Burke didn’t look like he was playing around.
Everyone seemed to be holding their breath around her.
“I don’t know,” Gray said slowly. “Maybe you can tell me what’s going on.”
Mr. Burke just stared at her.
Gray sat up. “Did I get transferred to another geometry class and someone forgot to mention it to me?” Or to another school? Why was her locker cleared out?
“You’ve never been in my geometry class, Charlene.”
Charlene! Gray’s heart skipped. “I’m not Charlene!”
There were gasps all around her.
“Who are you then?” Mike Matthews asked from beside her.
“Oh, for Pete’s sake, you know very well I’m Graylee.”
Louder gasps, followed by a rush of whispers coming from all directions. It was like being sucked into the eye of a hurricane with chatter hurled and swirled all around her. Gray looked to Mr. Burke, imploring him with her eyes to make this charade end.
“Enough!” he shouted and the clamor stopped. Mr. Burke looked at Gray and spoke softly. “Miss Perez, please come with me.”
Gray stuffed her things inside her pack and vacated her desk. She was more than ready to get out of that room.
She joined Mr. Burke in the hallway, where he shut the classroom door behind him. Gray could practically hear the jabber begin anew the moment the door clicked in place. Hyenas. She’d like to see how her classmates handled a day in the Twilight Zone.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Nikki Jefford is a third generation Alaskan who loves fictional bad boys and heroines who kick butt. She writes edgy teen fiction, including the Spellbound Trilogy and Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter.
Nikki married Sébastien, the love of her life, while working as a teaching assistant in France. They now reside in the not-so-tropical San Juan Islands, 70 miles northeast of Forks, Washington.
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