TITLE: TRUTH DARE DISAPPEAR
GENRE: Lower YA Adventure
LOGLINE: Geneva 2025 - No sooner have thirteen-year-old Thomas and his mother masterminded an escape to America than he’s snatched from home. A rebel priest dumps Thomas in a hidden monastery in the Italian Alps where he discovers he’s a pawn in a Vatican plan to bring down the State. Worse, there’s a secret in his past he’ll never outrun and it’s about to catch him up with devastating consequences.
Thomas huddled behind a garden bush and squinted through the night towards his house. A grungy man was inside talking fast with his mother. If his eyes weren’t playing tricks, he’d bet, hand on heart, it was a rebel priest - one of those diggers with their long hair, ragged clothes and bulging muscles fresh from the work camps.
Weird. They didn’t break surface often but when they did they were dangerous. And bad to associate with. That’s what his mother had told him and now look at her. Look at the priest - in their living room – pacing like a spooked cat.
Sal whined sensing the tension.
“Shush up,” he whispered, hand on her collar. “Priest alert.” Her terrier fur hackled with an attack of goose bumps. If dogs got goose bumps.
Thomas squeezed his baseball good and tight. One shot, right through the window he was thinking. A kid fooling around - a mistake - it could work. Knock the priest unconscious, grab his mom and run.
He stood, felt the slight give of the grass at his feet. They were so close to escaping to America nothing could stand in their way. Especially not a crazed priest.
Best not to over-think. He picked up the bat, threw the ball and with a sniper’s eye swung in the direction of the haloed windows. It felt like batting the moon to heaven or hell. Knowing Thomas's luck it'd be hell.