“River smiled and looked at his phone. “Oh, great,” he said sarcastically.
“What’s the matter?”
“My phone just died. My charger is in my car.”
“Why don’t we just do it the old-fashioned way and use paper and a pen?” she asked.
He laughed. “I think we sometimes complicate things with all the technology. I do have a pen in my car. I drove up from Miami. It took more than twenty-four hours, but it’s been worth it just to have my own car. I didn’t want to rely on borrowing my uncle’s. I’m parked in the lot behind the track. Do you want to take a walk with me?”
Delilah hesitated for a moment—without realizing why. “I’ll walk over with you.” She was curious to see what kind of car he drove, among other things.
They passed plenty of empty spots as they walked toward his car. River must have known what she was thinking because he said, “I always like to park my car away from the other cars. It keeps it from getting dinged.”
When they got to his car, she saw that it wasn’t really a car at all, but a Jeep. It was even nicer than she imagined. It fit him perfectly—sporty and neat. As he pulled his keys out of his pocket, he dropped them on the floor. He looked up at her and said, “Butterfingers.” That’s the last thing Delilah remembered before she screamed. “
Delilah Simms is an attractive high school senior who is being bullied by a cruel group of girls she calls the Imitators. As if the emotional harassment isn’t enough, she is also trying to heal from the sudden, tragic loss of her younger sister, Darcy—whom her mother believes is sending messages from beyond the grave. On the verge of a breakdown, Delilah meets River Spencer—a handsome young man who she’s instantly attracted to. Although River seems perfect, Delilah can’t ignore the gnawing feeling that River is hiding something and that he may just be the biggest imitator of all.
Danielle R. Mani is a former elementary school teacher and writer.
A huge fan of speculative fiction in print and film, she wanted her first book to fall within this category. In her new young adult novel, The Divine One, Ms. Mani combines supernatural fiction with the everyday dramas of young adulthood. She loves to read and write novels that are fast-paced and full of twists and turns. Ms.
Mani holds a master of science degree in education and a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications. She resides in Westchester, New York, with her husband, four young children, and two dogs.
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