YA Romantic (soft) SF
After sixteen-year-old Lexa Castiel's dad dies, things go sideways. She sprouts giant-ass wings, her love life's in the crapper, because love triangles suck, and she learns she's half alien. Oh - don't forget - she gets abducted by genocidal aliens.
Her mom wants her to learn to fly, but that ain't happenin'. She has a puke-producing fear of heights, so her feathered wings are as useless as teats on a boar hog. To top that, the aliens who take her captive, for her regenerative DNA, are out to colonize Earth. Their spaceship is a cold, dark labyrinth, fully equipped with a blood thirsty beast. As she searches for an escape route, every turn presents its own danger. She finds she's capable of things she'd never have dreamed possible, physically and mentally. When the ship takes off, she'll either have to overcome her phobia and use her wings to make a flying escape or end up light years from home. Lexa's suck-o-meter buries the needle.
First 150 words:
The first big suck-ass moment of my life happened just before my eleventh birthday. Gabe, my best friend, and I were on summer vacation with our parents. He was a year older and it was a full time job keeping up with him, but I was a determined little shit.
Gabe hoisted himself onto the railing. I cocked my head and frowned. “You’re gonna fall. We’re on the tenth floor, brightness.”
“Naw. It’s a’ight.” He waved his hands above his head. “Look, no hands.”
I shrugged and hopped up next to him. If he could do it, so could I.
He poked my leg with his finger. “Don’t you fall, Lex.”
“Stop it.” I poked his arm.
Gabe batted his thick fringe of black lashes. “Stop what?”
I twisted sideways to smack him, but slid instead. I gasped, flailed, and tried to grab hold. Too far away.
I toppled backward leaving my stomach on the rail.