A Blind Spot for Boys by Justina Chen
Publication Date: August 12, 2014
Synopsis: Shana Wilde has always had a blind spot for boys. Can she trust the one who’s right in front of her?
“You know what a good daughter would do right now, don’t you?” Mom whispered as she laced up her hiking boots the next morning. The air was so cold that her words left breathy traces inside the tent.
In response, I managed a one-note grunt that spanned sigh, question, and groan. Freezing, I wished I were burrowed deep in my sleeping bag, but I pulled on another layer of fleece before shaking out my rain gear.
She yawned widely before narrating what must have been a really great dream: “A good daughter would go and forage for coffee for her feeble mother.”
“As if you’re feeble—“
Out of nowhere came an immense roar. The thunderstorm of the century. The snapping of bones. Hundreds of bones.
“Get out!” Dad flung open the tent flap from where he had stood outside to step into his rain pants. In a blur of movement he yanked Mom and me up, but Mom’s feet got tangled in her bag. He all but hoisted her into his arms and lugged us out of the tent.
She protested, “Wait! Our stuff!”
“Leave it,” Dad ordered, dragging us.
“Mudslide!” I heard someone yell, the alarm echoed in other languages.