TITLE: In Transition
GENRE: YA Fantasy First Page
My father was dying and there was nothing I could do to save him.
When I walked into the office, the first thing I saw was the blood. I’d never seen so much blood before, pooling around his body rapidly on the speckle-tiled floor. Tears streamed down my face and my heart was pounding. I tried the phone on his desk but it was dead. Screaming for help, I prayed someone would help us, save him in the way I couldn’t. But my voice sounded meek against the sound of my pulse in my ears and I wasn’t sure anyone could hear my pleas.
“DAD! What happened?!” I cried out.
Dad’s face was sweaty and pale, his lively green eyes dimming. His mouth kept opening and closing in an attempt to breathe, but all he could manage were shallow breaths. His graying-blonde hair was matted down against his skull. There were lines around his eyes and in his forehead I had never seen before, his expression not just pained, but torn.
“HELP! SOMEONE PLEASE HELP US!!” My tiny hands weren’t enough to cover the stab wounds in his chest, warm blood seeping through my fingers at an alarmingly rapid pace. “Dad, tell me what to do! I can’t, I can’t stop the bleeding! I keep applying pressure but it just keeps coming!”
“I’m sorry Kitty-Kat,” He wheezed. “No one can save me.”
“No! No! NO! You can’t die, please! I need you, I love you, Dad, please don’t leave me!” I put my head on his chest, sobbing.