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Into the Dark by Caroline T. Patti!!
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A girl’s sweet sixteen party is supposed to be among the most memorable events of her life. But on the night of hers, Mercy Clare wakes in the waiting room of a hospital with no memory of how she got there. To make matters worse, she’s wearing something she’d never be caught dead in: her best friend Lyla’s clothes.Mercy’s nightmare is just beginning. The doctor arrives to tell her that it’s she who lies in the hospital bed waiting to die. A trip to the bathroom confirms Mercy’s fears, as Lyla’s face stares back at her and Lyla’s curvy figure pokes through her tight clothes.But finding out what’s really going on won’t be easy. Because if Mercy wants her body back, it might just cost her Lyla’s life.
Over the next few minutes several different hospital staffers, including a chaplain, stop by to speak with my dad. All offer their condolences before handing him flyers about grief and asking him to sign documents. The last lady that comes by, a plump, squishy woman with a rat’s nest for hair, wants to discuss arrangements for the body.
“There’s several options available to you.” She speaks softly, but it feels like she is screaming in my ears. It’s wrong, so utterly wrong that she is calmly, casually giving my dad a sales pitch. “We have a lovely selection of caskets and there’s always the option of cremation.”
Cremation? Did she just say cremation? Will my father even consider that? The picture of myself burning and melting in a blazing fire is enough to jolt me back to life. I bolt toward the exit.
“Lyla!” Jay calls out to me, but I am too far gone to stop.
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