TITLE: GONE WILD
GENRE: YA Sci-fi
Logline: Lia leaves Earth for a new colony. She’s marooned with a few teens in the planet’s desert, and to her dismay, their most able defender is Trey, the Nerd. When a teen’s murdered, Trey hoists a laser gun and Lia learns never to underestimate the true appeal of a nerd. As they race for the colony, the hunt begins. The killer loves to play hide and seek, and in the desert, there’s nowhere to hide.
I squinted through the branches of a withered cluster of trees to the ships, perched like raptors on the runway. Demeter and Hestia loomed in the distance, their hulls a dark, ominous gray in the muted sunlight.
Within an hour, my brother Joe and I would sleep inside Demeter, our goddess of the skies, cruising across the galaxy to a planet called Stellar 3.
I pictured us trapped inside our cramped little pods, gas swirling around our faces, chemicals searing our veins until our will to resist dulled and faded. Blast chillers kicking in, morphing us into space-icles.
I was doomed.
“You have your pack?” Auntie asked.
Gesturing to the bags at my feet, I peeked at my watch. 11:20. Forty minutes until they called my name. I could swear my feet were crystallizing on the grate.
“I wish you didn’t have to go,” Auntie said. Skin puckered around her lips in white creases and tiny pearls of sweat rested on her upper lip. “Please stay. I’ll take care of you.”
Joe tugged her shirt. “I can take care of myself.”
She gave him a long look and her lips tightened as she held back a grin.
“I can take care of myself. I’m almost nine. A man.” He puffed his chest, looking anything but manly to me. He was small for his age. I hoped he’d grow tall in our new world. Like a transplanted tree. His hair was askew and his eyes were fierce. Maybe a thorn tree.