{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.
Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copies left
You can choose from our best books below
Ari Kristine Garrett would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Fever Dreams

By Ari Kristine Garrett All Rights Reserved ©

Drama / Romance

Chapter 1: Captivated

~Ethan~
It all started during the summer before my senior year. I’m not gay, but looking at this boy, it became clear that maybe I’m not entirely straight.
My name is Ethan Wilde. I’m seventeen and I’m a real smart motherfucker. I’m not being full of myself; ask my GPA. Before what happened, I’d never really been interested in anything other than school. You could say my soul is kind of empty.
Again, I’m not gay, but I can’t say I’m straight either. Because looking at that boy at the concessions stand is making my soul feel too full for comfort.
I’d never seen him before. I’d always been pretty aware of my surroundings, so he couldn’t be native to the area.
This year was the year I’d let my friends drag me to the Queenstown fair. I don’t know why I agreed to go. I don’t really like talking to people all that much and it’s too damn hot outside. I finished my books, there was nothing on TV, I wasn’t doing college prep; why not go out and get some sun for a change.
The boy smiled at the next customer. “Hi! How may I help you!”
He was pale, with black hair and eyes so icy that they were nearly transparent. And yes, I am close enough to describe him and hear him speak. In fact, I’d probably been standing three feet from the concessions counter for the better part of ten minutes. Why was I being such a stalker, anyway?
“Hey, you!”
There wasn’t anybody in front of the counter, so who was he calling to? Wait, he’s looking at me.
“Me?” I asked obtusely.
He grinned and I could’ve sworn something within me roared to life. “Yeah, are you okay? You haven’t moved for a while and I thought you might be a standing corpse.”
Okay, so maybe I wasn’t as inconspicuous as I thought.
“Sorry, I was in my headspace, I guess.”
“Do you live around here? I’m new to the area and wanted to meet someone before I started school.”
I nodded. “I’m a senior this year. Ethan Wilde.” I extended my hand.
He shook it, and I almost didn’t release him. His skin was so soft. “I’m Silas McHale. I’m a junior.”
“So what brings you here, Silas?”
“My mom transferred to this town’s catering company, which is how I ended up working here. We’re from back east.”
“You must’ve bought that big house up on Palomino, then.”
He nodded. “Yeah. Do you live around there?”
“I live on the adjoining street, Upton.”
“Oh, I know the one. Well, I better be getting back to work. See you around, Ethan.”
I swear my name had never sounded sweeter on anyone’s lips.
“See you, Silas.”


“Welcome home, Ethan.”
My mom and dad were in the kitchen with my little sister Kallie. The smell of cookies attacked my senses, but I really wasn’t all that hungry. I had an odd feeling in the pit of my stomach, and whether that was the arousal of something I’d buried inside or just gas from those damn street-vendor funnel cakes I wasn’t sure.
“Did you have fun sweetie?” Mom asked.
How exactly does one go about telling someone they’d been stalking another boy?
“Sure, Mom.”
She smiled. “Would you like a cookie?”
“They’re good!” Kallie added, smiling up at me with teeth decorated in melted chocolate and cookie crumbs.
I held down my gag reflex. “I’m good. I think I’m just going to head upstairs.”
And that I did.
I threw my phone onto my bed and checked myself out in the mirror. My brown hair was, surprisingly, still spiked up in the front. Which was pretty impressive considering the onslaught of eighty-percent of humidity.
I guess you could say I have a thing for grooming. I spend a lifetime on my hair, and tweeze my eyebrows. My girl friends are always saying how my eyebrows are better than anyone’s around. After all, there’s nothing wrong with looking your best.
Maybe I’m really not that straight.


~Silas~
The thing about throwing your entire life away to move across three states: It sucks. Thanks Mom. I have to leave my friends, work at this county fair concessions stand to appease you, and deal with this tall, gangly dude staring at me like I’m the damn Mona Lisa.
I can’t say that one’s all that bad though. He’s pretty good-looking. What can I say: I’ve always had a thing for boys with green eyes.
That sounds gay, I know. I’m a bisexual, though. I lean more towards guys though. Girls are usually too moody for my tastes, but they still have nice bodies.
I’m not sure what this boy’s deal is. Whether he’s gay or not, though, really isn’t an issue. Where I come from, I’m known as “Double-Team Gay-Bait.” That’s basically a really obnoxious way of saying that I always seem to attract the attention of all guys, whether they be gay or straight. To be honest, it’s more of a curse than anything. When straight boys start to have feelings for me, it makes them mad. The short version: I’m bullied a lot.
So I wonder if this town will entail the same fate.
Maybe I should call out to him. He might just be spacing out and not even looking at me.
“Hey, you!”
He seemed to jump three feet in the air, looking around. “Me?”
I couldn’t help but grin; I’d never seen someone look aware and absolutely clueless at the same time. “Yeah, are you okay? You haven’t moved for a while and I thought you might be a standing corpse.”
He seemed to mentally face palm. “Sorry, I was in my headspace, I guess.”
Ah, so he was spacing out. “Do you live around here? I’m new to the area and wanted to meet someone before I started school.”
The boy nodded. “I’m a senior this year. Ethan Wilde.” He extended his hand.
I shook it, and nearly gasped as something fluttered within me from his touch. “I’m Silas McHale. I’m a junior.”
“So what brings you here, Silas?”
“My mom transferred to this town’s catering company, which is how I ended up working here. We’re from back east.” Why am I spilling my guts to this strange guy?
“You must’ve bought that big house up on Palomino, then.”
I nodded. “Yeah. Do you live around there?”
“I live on the adjoining street, Upton.”
“Oh, I know the one.” I have to get out of here before I hand over my soul or something. I’ve never been this prone to word-vomiting. “Well, I better be getting back to work. See you around, Ethan.”
I liked the way his name sounded on my lips.
“See you, Silas.”
And I liked the way mine sounded on his.
Fuck, what am I going to do?

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Hudson: Your story was fantastic Erin! The Rising Sun was one of the first stories I read on Inkitt, and I have to say I don't regret the three to four days I spent pouring through the story.Probably the biggest strength I see in your writing is your characterisation of Eliana, Oriens, and the rest of th...

ernbelle: When I first started this story I was a little unsettled by all of the information that appears in the prologue, and wasn't sure if I would continue. However, I am very glad I did. The plot was very well thought out and really interesting. There were not any page breaks or markers to acknowledge ...

Jade Niday: This book has a really great plot. The author really makes you feel connected to the main character. There are twist around every corner you never see coming.. Great read for sure and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Shreya Biswas: Finally god...... I was tired of Charissa doubting Frederick's love... yes.. All's well that ends well.... i was getting really downright agitated at the author because the suspense was held really well on how things will work out in the epilogue and i just wanted them to have a happy ending.. An...

zoheusher20: What more can I say? The writing style and little details drew me into the book and for the entirety of the story I was Juliet. I felt her turmoil and emotions and every trouble or triumph as they arrived. This story was very different and had quite a few little but unexpected twists that made it...

rudyoxborough46: An action-packed, mystical adventure awaits anyone wishing to read this novel. I’m amazed at how well you’ve managed to flesh out the characters in this book, and I hope to read more of your work.I’ve read books about goblins and elves and all that mumbo-jumbo before, and most accounts of these c...

Sabrina Ettey: The story plot is great. I loved it. Just the grammar punctuation and writing style was kind of distracting. But with the smooth polishing, it may shine like a pearl. :)

rihannabkj2: Great story,I can hardly stop reading this novel. it shows that compassion and love can still exist after so many years between two persons. I most say well done to the Author who wrote this book. Others should read this book inorder to know that there can still be LOVE among two persons no matt...

Alex Rushmer: This was not what I expected, but I enjoyed it a lot Malfoy was always one of the characters that I liked a lot, so I like that a lot of this happens between him and Colette. I read the first couple chapters, and I enjoyed your writing style and am excited to see where you take this story. My com...

More Recommendations

jessiehs: This was absolutely amazing. I loved how it went back and forth between perspectives. I actually cried at the end I was so happy. This was amazing. I can't even think of another word to describe it. Thank you for writing his.

emmaneal74: I loved this booked. Would definitely buy it when published and read it again. The story flowed in such a way I just couldn't put it down. I was never confused about the characters or their roles in the story which can happen sometimes with so many lead. I'd recommend this to anyone wanting to r...

Marimar Amieva: I just can't believe the story! I absolutely loved it, all of it. The characters and their chemistry between them, and the fact that they are relatable. The story also has some sick plot twists, which I never saw coming. I loved the fact that it is an adorable love story but has its mystery touc...

Stephen Warner: To start off, I am thoroughly impressed. The writing style is somewhat unique, and the plot seemed to move at a nice and steady pace. However, I was not expecting this to be a vampire book! I am usually not one for novels about vampires, but I was pleasantly surprised! You wrote with such grace a...

jessica12301990: One of the best books I have read in a while. Could not put it down, loved the characters and how real they felt. Read from start to finish without putting it down. Really hope this gets published and when it does I will be first in line to pick it up.

Marijana1: The melancholy present throughout this story has the power to influence and etch into the minds of the readers, to stay there and refuse to leave even after they have finished reading the story. This is a deep, powerful story, making the readers wonder about everything – about love, about their e...

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.