#TeenPit Entry #11 – SHADOWS OF SIN CITY, YA Fantasy

Pitch:
After waking naked in the middle of Las Vegas, a shadow-shifter fears he’s losing control of his other half: a bloodthirsty silhouette. Estranged from his deceitful family and thrust into a supernatural underground crime ring, Rocco must conquer his shadow before it consumes him— and butchers all he holds dear.

First page of manuscript:
Based on the stink, I could be anywhere in Vegas.

A revolting coalescence of sweating bodies, fast food, and strong alcohol permeates the air; a scent that’s useless in determining my location.

Harsh, flashing lights press through my eyelids. The ground, cold to the touch, would be soothing if it didn’t send a shiver up my spine.

My muscles tense to rise, but pain sears the crown of my head and nausea pools in my stomach.

Shit, even the headaches I get after being blackout drunk aren’t this bad.

God, last I remember, I was in the storm tunnel…the ambush….

I can’t think about it. Not now.

Voices surround me—English, Spanish, French, Italian, flipping through phrases I can’t discern amidst whoops and giggles of excitement.

A high-pitched whizzing sound, like scissors curling a piece of ribbon. A zipline?

Fremont Street.

I crack my eyes open. Cameras flash; purple neon lights glare. My vision blurs. I can’t take it. I turn on my side, pushing myself up, and heave.

When my stomach is empty, the pain subsides into a dull throb. I focus on the cracked gray concrete beneath me. My arms quiver, my hands—one of them is black, am I a shadow? No, I feel solid. My right hand, not black but gold, glitters beneath the streetlights.

Molten gold, like her eyes.

Memories hammer through my head.

The tunnels. The girl. The gun I pulled out of thin air.

I shouldn’t have been able to do that.

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