TITLE: The Jumpers and the Sandglass Calendar
GENRE: YA Fiction
The school cafeteria is its loudest on the last day of classes. With 6th graders planning their attacks for the incoming freshmen, swarms of 7th graders chasing after 8th graders to sign their yearbooks, and 8th graders doing their best to be cool in the face of the summer before high school.
The largest herd of 7th graders gathered at Lola's table. Lola Denali - 5'7" with flawless olive skin, raven hair, aqua-green eyes, and perfectly plump red lips, Captain of the soccer team, Class President, and youngest daughter of the millionaire archaeologist, Donatello Denali. It was with no great surprise that she was the most popular girl in school. However, it was, with great surprise that this very morning, she had passed a very important note, to one River Jacobs.
River - Please meet me today at the Chandler Greenbelt at 5:00.
She had only spoken to him once in the nine years they attended the same schools and sat in the same classes.
River watched as Lola flashed a smile as she patiently signed each yearbook presented to her. Her grace was hypnotizing and left River wondering what she could possibly want from him. He had been surprised that she even knew his name. Could she be luring him into some kind of humiliating trap? Nah, he shook his head, he didn't think so; she wasn't cruel...
was she? River tapped his fingers nervously on the thin wood table.