Payback (Fingerprints Series #7)

Payback (Fingerprints Series #7)

by Melinda Metz




Just want to get over it. She touches your fingerprints. She knows your thoughts.

Yana was my best friend — and Yana wanted me dead.

I should hate her for what she tried to do. But the people who stole what she loved most — they did the same to me.

Yana still wants revenge, and she doesn't want my help. Can I really let her walk into a trap?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060006204
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2002
Series: Fingerprints Series , #7
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.76(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Melinda Metz has long been fascinated with the paranormal. She explored the world of aliens with her Roswell High series and now enters the mind of a psychic girl in the Echoes books. She was on the writing staff, along with writing partner Laura J. Burns, of the TV shows Roswell (based on her series) and 1-800-Missing. Melinda lives in Concord, North Carolina, with her pen-eating dog, Dodger.

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Chapter One

Rae Voight had an impulse to stop dead in the middle of the hallway, fling her arms out wide, and cry, "Just look, okay? Just take a good long look and stop giving me all those sneaky, out-of-the-comer-of-your-eye glances."

But she didn't. When everyone at school recently found out your mother was a murderer who died in a mental hospital and everyone already knew that you had spent your summer vacation in, yes, a mental hospital, it wasn't that smart to draw more attention to yourself.

Except ... at this point, all of that barely seemed to matter. How bizarre was that? The possibility that even her best friend might find out the truth about Rae's mom used to be Rae's biggest fear And now everybody knew She was sure even the janitor had heard. She was sure the AV guys, who usually didn't talk about anything except how bad they wanted a plasma TV, were gossiping about her. And she cared ... some. That's it. She wasn't even close to being destroyed the way she'd always thought she would be if anyone found out about her mom.

Maybe it was because she knew her mother hadn't killed anyone. She'd been convinced of that ever since she'd touched a letter with her mother's fingerprints on it and used her psychic ability to pick up the thoughts her mom had been having when she wrote the letter. But now she had proof -- Aiden's confession. Aiden had finally admitted to Rae that her mom had been set up to take the blame for her best friend's death. Rae wasn't the daughter of a killer.

And she also wasn't being stalked by her own best friend anymore. Yana Savari had turned out to be the one after her all along, but now Aiden had Yana tuckedaway somewhere where she couldn't hurt Rae.

So her mom was innocent, and Rae was safe. But even with all of that, the other major reason why Rae didn't really care what anyone here in school thought of her was that Anthony Fascinelli had kissed her-kissed her until her lips got all puffy and sore in a good way. Who could care about anything after that? 'Me kiss hadn't even been after a crisis situation, either. He hadn't kissed her because she'd almost died. Or because he almost had. So it totally counted. A little smile broke across Rae's face as she thought about the kiss and all the kisses that had come after that kiss in the past week. The smile earned her a few more what's-your-deal looks. Clearly people thought Rae should never smile again now that the so-called truth about her mom was out. But forget them. She had to smile. Because school was over for the day, and as soon as she found Anthony, they'd be kissing again.

As if her thoughts had conjured him up, Rae felt Anthony's hands slide around her waist. She twisted around to face him, impatient to feel his mouth on hers, to become RaeAnthony instead of Rae and Anthony. They'd kissed hundreds of times in the week since the kiss, but Rae still felt starved for the taste of him. When his lips met hers, God, it was like everything she'd ever wanted in her whole life had been dumped in a pile at her feet with a big bow and whipped cream and a cherry on top.

"Car," Anthony said into her mouth, and he started backing her down the hall, his face inches apart from hers. Rae locked her arms around his shoulders and easily matched her steps to his. No, it "Got 'em"' Anthony said, his lips sliding off hers and onto her cheek. He straightened up, pulling Rae with him.

"Anthony," she gasped.

He gave her a shy smile, about to lean in for another kiss.

"No, Anthony," Rae blurted out as she tightened her hands on his shoulders. She could feel her nails starting to dig into his skin, but she couldn't loosen her grip. "Mere's someone in the backseat of the car," she said, a familiar waver entering her voice. One week. She'd gotten one week free of fear, and now it was all rushing back. "On the floor," she managed to get out.

Anthony jerked his head toward the back window, already pushing Rae behind him to make his body a kind of shield for her. Rae held her breath, and then Anthony looked back at her, reassurance in his eyes. "It's Aiden," he told her.

Rae let out a shaky sigh of relief. Aiden Matthews had saved her life more than once. If that didn't mean she could trust him, what did? Anthony unlocked Rae's door, and she climbed in. "Don't look at me" Aiden ordered. He repeated the instruction when Anthony got behind the wheel. "Just drive," he continued. "Not fast. It should look like the two of you are just off to the mall or wherever it is you go."

"What's wrong?" Anthony demanded as he pulled out of the parking space and headed out of the lot.

"Yana escaped," Aiden answered.

Rae felt like her blood- had been replaced by novocaine. Her body went all thick and heavy ... and dead. "Yana," she whispered, her tongue stumbling over the name.

Anthony reached over and grabbed her hand. She could barely feel the warmth and strength of his fingers. "Nothing's going to happen to you:' he said fiercely.

Rae flashed on the cabin, the cabin where YanaYana, who had been her very best friend less than a month ago-had taken Rae to kill her. Rae saw herself holding a knife, being forced by Yana's thoughtimplanting ability to run it across her throat, lightly, lightly. Yana had wanted Rae to die slowly. She'd wanted to watch Rae suffer. And now Yana was out there somewhere. And what else would she be doing but coming after Rae, wanting to make sure Rae ended up dead this time?

Fingerprints #7: Payback. Copyright © by Melinda Metz. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
The whole series is awesome!! I like the idea of Rae being able to read thoughts by touching fingerprints. I wish that Melinda would write book #8. I've been waiting for a really long time but I don't think there is going to be a next one, bummer. I recomend another book, but thats just me!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cant get it out of my head! Hope there is an 8! The books were really short though. I read them all in like a couple hours each. But they were amazing. I wonder how the writer came up with this stuff.
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TayRe More than 1 year ago
Please write #8
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this series and Metz is a really creative writer. I'm not even sure if there is another book. The ending of Payback had a finallity that most of the other books didnt have. They just left you wondering. I hope there is another book. I really enjoyed this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read this book, I remember getting to the end, and turning the last page, looking for the preview of the next one. It was a HUGE let down that it's the end of the series, I was like 'et.....oh.' But oh well, life goes on, and I have all 8 books, so I can read them all any time I want....*grin*
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was totally great and I am sad to say that this is the last book in the series. Trust me, I've looked. Hard. And I was disappointed that this was the last one but it was a grreat series and I have evry single book and that they r so good that I reread them all the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS SERIES IS AWESOME!!! i really really want to read the next book....will someone please beg metz to hurry up!!!! i have read the series alot of times and really liked it...anthony and rae are perfect for each other and i really want to know what happens next
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG!This series was soooooo good its my fav. I've read 1-7.If u know if theres any more of the series ,please contact me.I would love to be penpals with anyone who has read these books.I was so excited when Rae and Anthony hooked up.And when Jesse and Mandy started liking each other,its a great series,READ IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness! this was the BEST series. I NEED TO FIND BOOK 6! Dude it's romantic, mysterious and a real thriller. i recommend this book to all teens. It's an easy read. I finished one book in less than 4 hours. You WONT be able to put it down!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. Rae and Anthony are so meant for each other. I love that they're together. I read the whole series and its so GOOD! I'm reading it over again until the next one finally comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Melinda Metz's books! She is a great writer. This a fabulous book and I have read it more than once. I couldn't put this series down! But I am dying to read the 8th book where is it? Does anyone know?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this book yet but I love this series! I've read #1-4 in 3 days! Real page turners! Hopefully this ones just as good! I think I read that there is going to be a #8 called something like Trust Falls. Hopefully it will be here soon!!! So I recommend these books to everyone! Finally Rae and Anthony hook up! I've known they should since he helped her! #8 should be awsome so enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i'm so happy rae and anthony finally got togetha!!!!!!!this is a very good book.keeps ya wondering.really great!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Payback by Melinda Metz. She is one of my favorite authors! She is so creative and leaves me wondering what will happen next! The entire series of Fingerprints is EXCELLENT!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I luv allll..... the books there is not one i favor more!!! I luv that ray and anthony got togetha!!! They seem like such a cute couple is there gonna be a volume 8??????
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this series! im sooo happy rae and anthony got together!! finally!! ive been waiting for that to happen! they would make such a cute couple in real life :) i just really wish there would be more of a resolution in the end.. the way she ended the series makes u think there really should be an 8th book... but theyre still good! ive read all of them at least 5 times and i got my sister, cousin, and a bunch of my friends hooked on these books as well! READ THEM!! THEYRE SOO GOOD!! u cant put them down i swear...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Seriously, this is Melinda Metz at her best. I was in suspense the whole time, and usually i'm bored by the end. Not here. Not for a second. RaeAnthony really 'hit it off' (finally!!) and it really does tell how friendship can change. Oh, and the 'thing' between Mandy and Jesse was really cute too! All in all, this was a great book, Recommended would be all of the fingerprint books, starting with number one. Try to read them in order, my advice to you, or it doesnt make as much sense. Anyway, it was really good, one of the best I've ever read in this category!