Dangerous Deception by Kami Garcia

  Link wasn’t about to go to college, but he still had one up on me. He knew what he wanted to do, even if it was a long shot. All I had was a whole shoebox full of college brochures I couldn’t show my dad. I didn’t care which colleges they were, as long as they were at least a thousand miles from Gatlin.

  I didn’t want to end up like my dad, living in the same house, in the same small town I’d grown up in, with the same people who had never dreamed their way out of here.

  On either side of us, dripping old Victorians lined the street, almost the same as the day they were built over a hundred years ago. My street was called Cotton Bend because these old houses used to back up to miles and miles of plantation cotton fields. Now they just backed up to Route 9, which was about the only thing that had changed around here.

  I grabbed a stale doughnut from the box on the floor of the car. “Did you upload a weird song onto my iPod last night?”

  “What song? What do you think a this one?” Link turned up his latest demo track.

  “I think it needs work. Like all your other songs.” It was the same thing I said every day, more or less.

  “Yeah, well, your face will need some work after I give you a good beatin’.” It was the same thing he said every day, more or less.

  I flipped through my playlist. “The song, I think it was called something like Sixteen Moons.”

  “Don’t know what you’re talkin’ about.” It wasn’t there. The song was gone, but I had just listened to it this morning. And I knew I hadn’t imagined it because it was still stuck in my head.

  “If you wanna hear a song, I’ll play you a new one.” Link looked down to cue the track.

  “Hey, man, keep your eyes on the road.”

  But he didn’t look up, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw a strange car pass in front of us….

  For a second, the sounds of the road and the rain and Link dissolved into silence, and it was like everything was moving in slow motion. I couldn’t drag my eyes away from the car. It was just a feeling, not anything I could describe. And then it slid past us, turning the other way.

  I didn’t recognize the car. I had never seen it before. You can’t imagine how impossible that is, because I knew every single car in town. There were no tourists this time of year. They wouldn’t take the chance during hurricane season.

  This car was long and black, like a hearse. Actually, I was pretty sure it was a hearse.

  Maybe it was an omen. Maybe this year was going to be worse than I thought.

  “Here it is. ‘Black Bandanna.’ This song’s gonna make me a star.”

  By the time he looked up, the car was gone.

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  First published in the USA by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. 2015

  Published simultaneously in Great Britain by Penguin Books 2015

  Text copyright © Kami Garcia, LLC, and Margaret Stohl, Inc., 2015

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  ISBN: 978-0-141-35413-2



  Kami Garcia, Dangerous Deception

  (Series: Dangerous Creatures # 2)




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