Title: Of Wishes Made
Genre: YA urban fantasy
He felt restless, out of sorts. It smacked of prescience and he didn’t like it. Perhaps a new body would help but this one still had its uses. In any case, the skin he wore wasn’t the cause. Today a stroll through the mall would prove a distraction, a time-killer. And since he wasn’t hungry, he’d kill time and nothing else.
The mall buzzed with activity but the people ignored the predator in their midst. Kids towed their harried parents by the hand. Teens braided through them, celebrating the end of the school year. No one took note of the twenty-something man that strolled the terrazzo floor with the crowd. Without thought, they avoided him and did not look at his face.
Idly, he sorted the humans, good and bad. Making lists, a proverbial Santa Claus. A very bad Santa.
He laughed behind his hand. Window-shopping. That’s what he was doing. Like a human.
A mob of younglings passed him with their crow-like calls. They played a game of keep-away, tossing a parcel between them.
He stopped to watch. No one bumped him.
The mall bristled with capitalism. Sunglasses, vacation brochures, and kaleidoscope colors of yellows and red shouted of the hot days to come. A legless torso wearing a neon-colored bikini stood on a mock beach.
Irony in action, he thought. Kentucky was about as far from the seashore as the moon. The smells of summer, of salt and roses, came from the hobby store with its potpourris and candles.