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A Mismatched Pair

God, you’re wearing those clunky things again? How stupid, wearing five inch wedge heels on cracked and frozen New York City sidewalks. What if you break an ankle?

“Great shoes,” I said, faking a beauty queen smile at Meg.

“I think I paid five dollars for them. They’re from the 70s,” she said absentmindedly.

No kidding. You should have left them there.

“Feet cold?” I wiggled toasty toes in my crystal-studded Ugg boots. My feet were warm, and they looked good.

She shrugged.

Poor toesies.

When I scored a spot in the coveted Fourth Year Live-in, a program our alternative school offered to 12th Grade students who ‘show promise, initiative and vision in their chosen field of study’, I was psyched. It was a sweet deal that included the perk of on-campus housing, just like college—no parents, no curfew, and Manhattan living for nine months! Only top students were offered the opportunity. I knew I had to have a roommate, but how awful could that be?

Then I got paired off with Meg Wiley.

We couldn’t be more mismatched. Black hair, black clothes, old clothes, not to mention voodoo, hoodoo or whatever else she was into, the Academically Independent High School of New York we both attended had saddled me with a vampire out of a 40s horror movie—and an argumentative one too. She always had some smart ass remark about my love of cashmere or my Starbucks addiction. As if she had no habits to complain about.

I looked at her, clomping along the sidewalk in those outrageous wood-soled Kabuki shoes and completely black ensemble, and shuddered. On my tall and fair-skinned body, that much black would make me look like the walking dead. She could never squeeze her curvy frame into my pink sweaters even if she wanted to. Besides, Meg only wore clothes that made her look like she was in a perpetual state of mourning. My skinny jeans, ballet flats, and Victoria’s Secret PJs were safe. I shrugged it off.

Excerpt© 2011 Natalie Zaman and Charlotte Bennardo

About the book:

Bickering New York city room mates and high school seniors Meg and Shar are recruited by Hades, Lord of the Underworld to be his special-assignment Sirens.

Released: June 8, 2011

About the authors:

Natalie Zaman is the co-author of Sirenz, the first in a YA contemporary fantasy series published by Flux. Her work has appeared in various magazines, newspapers, e-zines and anthologies for adults and children. She’s currently plotting disasters for the characters of Sirenz and working on a Victorian fantasy for teens. Natalie lives in central New Jersey with her family and several fine looking chickens.

Charlotte Bennardo is the co-author of Sirenz, the first in a YA contemporary fantasy series published by Flux. When not contemplating embarrassing situations for the characters in the sequels, she works on her own YA, MG and adult level novels. She has been published in magazines, newspapers, e-zines and anthologies. She is held captive in New Jersey by three sons, husband, cat and friends.


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