Title: MISSING CERULEAN BLUE
Genre: MG Fantasy Adventure
LOGLINE: When thirteen-year-old Calli’s father disappears, she follows his trail into an enchanted land at war with an evil changeling where he’s been injured and needs a magical healing nectar to survive. Before they’ll help her save him, she must help two elves and beautiful faerie cross a river full of sirens, and infiltrate the hobgoblin caves to rescue their kidnapped faerie prince.
It’s not like I made a habit of listening to other people’s phone conversations, but there was nothing normal about my dad talking on the phone. Not anymore. The sound of his voice made me freeze on the stairs. It was still as heavy and dark as a thundercloud, but there was something different about it.
“Thanks for calling me back. No, I’m sure that won’t be necessary. No, she’s not a problem. Well, no, I haven’t…I know it’s been four months, June.”
My Aunt June. The woman thought I was a freak and never failed to make me feel like one. She believed my mom—her own sister—had ruined me with her “strange, artistic ways” and “stubborn insistence” on home-schooling.
“Well, I hadn’t thought of that,” my dad said.
I sat on the next to last step and tried to figure out why he wanted to talk to her when he’d been ignoring calls from everyone else. But there was no good reason that I could think of. And all of the bad reasons were making me feel a little sick.
“Let me talk it over with Calli and I’ll get back to you.”
When he came through the kitchen doorway and saw me sitting there, he didn’t look mad that I’d been listening. More like, relieved.
“You shaved!” The words just burst out of me. Then I noticed he wasn’t wearing his pitiful, brown bathrobe either. It had probably walked away on its own.