GENRE: Contemporary YA
I stretch out my legs enjoying the hot sand on my calves. Then I squint into the sun, searching for a big set of waves while waiting for Ford. He’s forever late. No point in being frustrated. Ford is Ford. He’s one of the major reasons I’m sane, well, that and surfing. I flex my toes and bend them down, digging them into the sand.
“There’s a set coming in and you’re stretching out catching rays?” My favorite voice in the world accuses me from behind.
I turn around to see Ford, my best friend since the first day of sixth grade. I forgot my lunch that day, and since his mom cooks for an army, he shared his feast with me.
“At least I show up early to pay homage to the ocean’s waves. Where’s your dedication, Mr. Surf god?”
His dark legs and lean body have changed for the better since last summer. He kicks off his Reefs and I note, “Nice board shorts. You have excellent taste.”
“Yeah, since you picked them out, Gidget.”
“Oh yeah? Gidget?” Standing up to full height, I come eye to chest. After a minute of staring him down, Ford scoops me up, slings me over his shoulder, and runs toward the water.
Flailing and slapping at his back, I protest. “Ford Watson! Put me down. I’m too old to be carried around like this.”
He laughs and ignores me, wading knee-deep before tossing me in.