Mira wants to die. She’s attempted suicide twice already and failed. Every time she comes in contact with another person, skin to skin, that person’s psyche uploads into hers. While her psychologist considers this a gift, for Mira it’s a curse from which she cannot escape.
To make matters worse, Mira’s father is being investigated for the deaths of several volunteer test subjects of the miracle drug Gaudium. Shortly after Mira’s mother starts asking questions, she ends up in a coma. Although her father claims it was an accident, thanks to her “condition” Mira knows the truth, but proving it just might get her killed.
And Laurisa has provided some exclusive content as part of the hunt, a fictional interview between TV host Ellen and the main character of CONTACT, Mira Ortiz:
TODAY ON ELLEN!!!
Ellen DeGeneres’s exclusive interview with the girl everyone’s talking about, Mira Ortiz.
ELLEN: Hello, Mira, and welcome to the show. So, you’re all over the news these days, what with your father winning the election and you surviving the fire and all. Tell us, how does it feel to be the daughter of California’s first Hispanic governor?
MIRA: Great, I guess? Well, that’s not completely true. I don’t like being in the spotlight all the time. Things were bad enough when my dad was being investigated for those deaths caused by the illegal Guadium trials, and then when I ended up in the hospital after—well, you know—the media wouldn’t leave me alone. I prefer to stay under the radar, but that’s kind of hard to do when you’re father’s famous.
ELLEN: Yeah, what a bummer. So, why do want to be so isolated?
MIRA: It’s hard to explain, but when I touch people, skin to skin, I upload their psyches into mine.
ELLEN: Really? Cool.
MIRA: Not cool. Actually, it’s painful and overwhelming. I can’t control it, so I do everything I can to avoid touching people. I wear a hoodie all the time and stay in my room a lot.
ELLEN: That must make it hard to get close to anyone. Tough on relationships. So you don’t touch anyone?
MIRA: No one.
ELLEN: Not even that cute guy you were rescued with? You’ve been seen around town together lately. What was his name?
MIRA (blushing): David. His name is David.
ELLEN: Oooh-la-la! Can we talk about him?
MIRA: I’d rather not.
ELLEN: Another bummer. But I respect that. Well, before we cut to commercial, I just have one more question to ask. I understand you’re a fan of Broadway musicals.
MIRA: Yes. My room’s covered in playbills.
ELLEN: Do you have a favorite?
MIRA: I really love Les Miserables. Dav—I mean, a friend gave me a collector’s album recently and I spend a lot of time listening to it. The music helps me face everything that’s happened the past few weeks. It hasn’t been easy.
ELLEN: I image it hasn’t, but with your dad as the new Governor, I suppose you’ll have plenty to keep your mind occupied. And maybe David will help, too.
MIRA (smiling): Maybe.
ELLEN: Thanks, Mira. It was a pleasure to meet you. (To the camera) Stay tuned to learn how to make slammin’ summer subs from the chef of one of So Cal’s favorite sandwich shops, Berge’s.
(to Mira) You ever been there?
MIRA: Yes, actually, I have. It’s one of my favorite’s, too.
ELLEN: Well, stick around and maybe you can give us some pointers. We’ll be right back!
CONTINUE THE HUNT
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