Lori De La Cruz

Lori De La Cruz writes young adult and new adult novels, as well as short stories. Her current project, Purged, is a science fiction novel for young adult readers. Besides reading and writing, Lori teaches middle school kids in sunny Southern California. ‘Candy Girl’ is Lori’s first publication.

Stories by Lori De La Cruz

Candy Girl

Illustrated by Monique Laffite

Silence. Except for the engine’s hum and splashes of slush as our tires swerve, he hasn’t said a damn thing. His fingers clench the steering wheel, squeezing. His body hunches as he glares out the windshield toward the white road ahead. He knows. I unbuckle my seat belt and yank a compact from my Prada bag. I …