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Victoria Scott is the author of Fire & Flood, Salt & Stone, and the Dante Walker series. She lives in Dallas with her family, and is currently working on her next novel. Victoria adores getting to know her readers. Visit her online at VictoriaScottYA.com.
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Fox tongue against my cheek. A grizzly bear on his feet, roaring a warning. An iguana flat on my stomach. I don't have much time before my thoughts are gone from me. So I fill my lungs, and I think of Caroline. And Dink. And of Ransom and Levi and all the friends who aren't here for one reason or another. I think of Harper, too, of whether she'll make good on her promise to return and help me win.I squeeze my hands into fists. I close my eyes. And I whisper my brother's name inside the folds of my mind: Cody.Cody on the last day I saw him well. He was drinking pickle juice from the jar and wincing from the sourness. Has he always liked pickle juice? I can't remember, but I want to see him drink it again. I want to see him drink anything without the use of a straw and small sips. I want to take back every bad thing I've ever said to him and replace it with this: I look up to you.The woman appears. She says something. She's holding something. She lifts her slender arm into the air to show the men her prize.I narrow and widen my gaze, trying to see past the drug's fog.And then I know exactly what she's holding.It's a life jacket.