TITLE: Sparks Fly Sometimes: Confessions of a Rock Princess
GENRE: Women's Fiction / Humor
I wanted to be a rock star from the minute I saw Laurie Partridge singing background vocals on "I Think I Love You." No matter how many times my older sister, Steph, told me it would never happen - not in a million years - I always believed my dream would come true.
I tapped my foot against the leg of the chair as I waited for my parents to get home. Ria and Morgan, who were 11 and 8, kept poking their annoying heads in the living room asking what was going on.
"Nothing," I said. "I just need to talk to Mom and Dad alone for a while. Is that too much to ask? If you guys steer clear, maybe I'll take you to the movies this weekend." That worked for about ten minutes until they discovered a new game; sticking their arms in the room, waving, and running away giggling like a couple of lunatics.
I looked out the front window and saw the car driving up the street. My foot-tapping increased to warp speed. “Breathe,” I told myself, “in and out, in and out.” Ria and Morgan were now camped out under the dining room table.
“Hi, Mom, Dad,” I said, as they walked through the door.
“Hi, Jen. Is everything alright?” said Mom. Dad gave me a kiss on the forehead.
“Yeah, fine. Hey, when you guys get a minute, do you think maybe we could talk?”
“Sure, honey,” she said. “Let me just set these groceries down, and we’ll be right in.”
“I’d rather do it in my room where it’s private,” I said, nodding towards Ria and Morgan’s “tent.”
“Fine, honey, we’ll be right there,” she said, glancing at my dad with that “uh-oh, something’s up” look.