TITLE: Apple of Discord
GENRE: Middle Grade
Victoria felt like she had been holding her breath for weeks. There was a major pain in her gut thanks to that stupid funeral. It held a stranglehold on her, and it wasn’t going to go away until she saw her friends.
Finally Christmas break was over—she had not seen any of her friends for the two whole weeks of vacation. Kira had traveled to New York to see relatives, while Rose and Maggie both had homes full of family for the holidays.
Is there really such a thing as friends forever? How could Mom live in the same town with her so called best friend from school, and then not see her for twenty-three years until her funeral? Her funeral!
Panic threatened to overcome her every second of the drive to school. She couldn’t wait to see her friends, just to make sure they were real.
“What’s the matter, dear?” Mom said as she pulled into the carpool drop off lane. “You look fine.”
“Nothing Mom.” Why did she have to say something like that when I’m already freaking out? She adjusted her new purple scarf and looked down at the worn knees on her black jeans. It’s not like I’m going to a fashion show.
“Well, try to have a good day.”
Victoria slammed the door shut without glancing back at her mom. Her whole body felt unhinged and tingly, and the deep breath she was gasping for wasn’t coming. Forcing her feet to climb one concrete step at a time, she finally made it to the front door.